Man facing gun charges after alleged assault that led to deadly shooting in Perry Co., Mo.

The Sheriff's office reports the man who claims he shot another man in self defense now faces multiple charges.
Published: May. 1, 2022 at 6:01 PM CDT|Updated: May. 2, 2022 at 2:18 PM CDT
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PERRY COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - One man is in custody and sheriff’s deputies are investigating an alleged assault that led to a deadly shooting on Sunday, May 1.

Deputies were called at approximately 12:42 p.m. to a home on Sandler Drive to a report of a shooting.

According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, John P. Morrison said he had been assaulted at his home and he shot his attacker.

When deputies and EMS arrived, they found a 41-year-old Matthew Donnely, of Perryville, laying in front of the home with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The sheriff’s office said Donnely died from his injuries shortly after their arrival.

According to deputies, Morrison told them Donnely came to his front door and assaulted him when he answered the door. Morrison said he drew a firearm and shot Donnely one time, in the abdomen, causing Donnely to back out and collapse a short distance from the door.

Authorities are still investigating Morrison’s explanation of what happened; however, they say a search warrant of his home showed a number of things not directly related to the shooting.

Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf said Morrison received an injury to the back of his head in the assault. He said Donnely assaulted Morrison with a hunting knife.

He was treated at an area hospital and released to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office the same day. Morrison was then taken to the Perry County Jail, interviewed and held pending his charges.

Morrison, 50, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, a 45 caliber pistol; unlawful possession of a firearm, a Ruger Mark II with silencer; unlawful possession of a firearm, a Russian-made machine gun; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance, Diazapam; unlawful use of a weapon while in possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and Diazapam); and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bond was set at $500,000 cash only.

According to the sheriff’s office, John P. Morrison is a convicted felon.

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