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William Welsh jailed after shooting Wentzville man

3:20 PM, Sep 12, 2013   |    comments
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LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - A 41-year-old Foley man was arrested earlier this week for allegedly shooting a 22-year-old man following an altercation involving that man and others, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

According to Lt. Andy Binder, a sheriff's office spokesman, the shooting took place in the 100 block of Morgan Valley Road prior to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 9.

Deputies spoke with the homeowner, identified as William Welsh, who said his daughter's ex-boyfriend and four others arrived the residence to retrieve some items. While at the home, an argument began regarding stolen medication the ex-boyfriend may have taken from Welsh.

The ex-boyfriend's friend, 20-year-old Christopher Kinney of St. Charles, removed his shirt and threatened to fight Welsh, Binder said. Welsh went back into his home and returned with a handgun.

Welsh told deputies the young man had threatened his wife and that he fired three shots into the ground to disperse the group, Binder said.

Investigators discovered physical evidence indicating that four shots were fired, three of which struck a 2004 Lincoln LS car. One of those bullets passed through the driver's side, rear door, and struck a 22-year-old man in the wrist. The group of men drove the injured man to a nearby hospital for treatment. The wounded man was treated and released from the hospital.

William Welsh was charged with five counts of first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He remains in custody at the Lincoln County Jail under a $75,000 cash-only bond.

KSDK

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