Man charged with murder in deadly New Madrid shooting

Man charged with murder in deadly New Madrid shooting

NEW MADRID, Mo. (KFVS) - The New Madrid Police Department is investigating an early morning deadly shooting.

George William Dawson III, 31, of New Madrid, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He was taken to the Mississippi County Jail.

Officers were called around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 1, to a home in reference to a shooting.

When they arrived, officers found a man unresponsive with a gunshot wound.

The man later died at the home.

He was identified as Donta Lamar Grissom.

Police said the shooting suspect was still at the home when officers arrived. He was identified as George Dawson.

Investigators say Dawson claimed he was taking medication for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he received when he deployed to Afghanistan. He told them he was unsure if he was taking his medication properly.

According to court documents, witnesses told investigators Grissom was not threatening Dawson in any way.

However, Dawson told officers Grissom threatened him with a pipe and plotted with others behind his back, sometimes using some sort of code.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the New Madrid County Coroner’s Office is assisting the New Madrid Police Department and the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation.

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