Kennett murder suspect in custody

Kennett murder suspect in custody
Eric Petro, 39, of Kennett, Mo, was charged on August 1 with the class A felony of murder in the second degree and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action. (Source: Dunklin Co. Jail)

KENNETT, Mo. (KFVS) - The search is over for a man wanted in connection with a deadly shooting in Kennett, Missouri on Friday night, July 31.

Kennett Police said 39-year old Eric Petro, of Kennett, was arrested on Aug. 1.

Petro was charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with a deadly shooting outside of his home.

The Kennett Police Department received a call of shooting at Petro’s house.

When police arrived, they found a man wounded lying in the driveway of that residence.

The man was transported to Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould, Arkansas where he later died of his injuries.

Investigators learned that witnesses heard an argument and a gunshot.

When the witnesses went outside, they told police they saw Petro get into a dark colored SUV and leave the scene.

Law enforcement officers said they found a shell casing that was the same brand as ammunition found inside the defendant’s home.

The Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney filed the murder and armed criminal action charges against Petro and a warrant was issued for his arrest ordering him to be detained without bond.

During the search for Petro, police urged the public not to approach him. Police considered Petro armed and dangerous.

Petro is currently being held at the Dunklin County Jail.

This investigation is being conducted by the Dunklin County Major Case Squad, the Kennett Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Dunklin County Sheriff’s Office

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