Boyfriend back in custody, victim identified in Poplar Bluff, Mo. deadly shooting

Poplar Bluff man back in custody in connection with deadly shooting

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (KFVS) - The Butler County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a deadly shooting.

According to Sheriff Mark Dobbs, Michael Choate, 46 of Poplar Bluff, was re-arrested on Friday, Aug. 23.

Dobbs said a grand jury indicted Choate on charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

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He was accused of shooting his girlfriend, identified as 37-year-old Katrina Suiter.

Dobbs said Choate was first arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 7 and released from jail on Thursday evening Aug. 8, pending further investigation.

On Thursday night, Dobbs said they were waiting on lab results before formal charges could be made.

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs said it happened in a camper trailer on County Road 476.

Dobbs said they got the call around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7 from a man saying his girlfriend shot herself.

Choate told authorities she was waving a gun around and shot herself.

He said a deputy responding noticed things didn’t add up and “the story didn’t make sense.”

Sheriff Dobbs said they are confident she didn’t shoot herself after seeing the position of her body and angles of the scene.

“Just the fact that someone would accidentally shoot themselves in the face is somewhat bizarre. So, with that you’re gonna have to have a pretty good account of the events as well as some facts, some physical findings to match up with that. And in this case, they’re just not there," said Sheriff Dobbs.

Deputies say the victim had bruises on her face and said Choate told them they had a history of domestic violence.

Sheriff Dobbs said no one else was home at the time, but the trailer was parked on someone else’s property. He said the property owner heard the gun shot.

According to the sheriff, Choate was arrested on July 30 on drug and gun charges and posted bond on July 31.

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