DONIPHAN, Mo. (KFVS) - A deadly shooting investigation is underway in Doniphan, Missouri.
Donald Mischka, 64, was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action.
He is being held in the Wayne County Jail. He appeared before a judge on Wednesday.
The victim, Mischka’s wife, was identified as 60-year-old Susan Mischka.
An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday morning in Farmington, Mo. According to the coroner, the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head.
Officers were called to a home within the city limits on Tuesday, June 23 in reference to a shooting.
According to court records, Donald Mischka called the Doniphan Police Department dispatch to say he had just shot his wife. When asked if she was still alive, he reportedly said “no.”
When the officers arrived they found that a woman had been shot and called the Ripley County Coroner.
Police said they later located a suspect, Donald Mischka, and took him into custody.
During an interview, Mischka told detectives his wife had mental health issues and asked him to kill her.
However, they say that statement came after he first told investigators that she shot herself in the head while he tried to stop her. Investigators said the first statement didn’t match evidence found at the scene.