Suspect In Jail After Doniphan Woman Is Shot and Left To Die

January 19, 2004 - Updated at 11:55 p.m. CDT

DONIPHAN, MO - A Doniphan woman remains in critical condition on a ventilator in a Memphis hospital after being shot in the head. The shooting happened in Doniphan, Missouri Friday evening.

"We received a phone call from the victim's mother," explained Adam Whittom, Sheriff of Ripley County.

Whittom told K8 News that Daniel Dewayne McCoy, 50, of Doniphan, likely forced his way into Misty Caldwell's home. He appears to have locked Caldwell's two-year-old son in a bedroom. The Sheriff said at some point McCoy shot the 24-year-old woman and locked her into another bedroom, then fled.

Adam Whittom added, "When I saw her at the scene, I really didn't think that she would make it. If she does make it, her quality of life will be greatly decreased."

Misty Caldwell was worried McCoy might do something like this after he and her mother broke off their relationship about a month ago. So much so, Caldwell and her mother filed an "order of protection" against him.

"They said he's quick tempered, and can get carried away easily," Whittom said. The motive may be "just the past domestic problems, and his split from his wife, and the step-daughter, who's 24, and she was pretty vocal in the split."

Yesterday, Daniel Dewayne McCoy, turned himself into Ripley County deputies, after his son convinced him it was the right thing to do. McCoy is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond on charges of first degree assault, first degree burglary, kidnapping and armed criminal action.

"He spoke to his son, we received some information that it was an accident, but we're still investigating that," said Sheriff Whittom.

Misty Caldwell was flown by helicopter from Doniphan to the Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis, where she is hospitalized.

"If she would pass away, then the charges will be reviewed and possibly amended and uped to a murder charge," Sheriff Whittom explained.

Dan McCoy won't talk to Sheriff Adam Whittom until he discusses his case with his lawyer.

McCoy's lawyer is currently out of town on vacation.