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Police investigate deadly shooting on the Ozark, Mo. square; 1 arrested

Published: May. 28, 2022 at 2:55 PM CDT|Updated: May. 29, 2022 at 9:33 AM CDT
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OZARK, Mo. (KY3) - Police are investigating the scene of a deadly shooting on the square in Ozark.

The shooting happened Saturday near the historic courthouse in the 100 block of West Church Street around 1 p.m.

Investigators say they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim died at a Springfield hospital. Police arrested a man at the scene for questioning in the shooting. Police have not released the victim’s name.

Police say there is no danger to the public. Police say both the victim and shooter knew each other.

Debbie Rude, who has a business in Ozark, said she was surprised.

“I’ve never seen this on the square before,” said Rude. “So I’m shocked.”

Rude said the town’s square is usually safe. Rude said the square is the lifeblood of the town.

”I’ve never seen anything occur in Ozark like this, or especially the square,” said Rude.

Ozark Police Chief Justin Arnold said he is surprised with their police station being right down the road.

”Crime like this is very rare here on the square,” said Chief Arnold. “As you can see, the city’s put a lot of investment to make this a very nice place, a very comfortable place for people to come, and usually it’s fairly kind of crime-free.”

Chief Arnold assures the people of Ozark they are safe.

”This situation appears to be very isolated, and I really don’t feel that their security or their safety is really in jeopardy because of this isolated situation,” said Chief Arnold.

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