Marmaduke man accused of killing brother with shotgun, authorities say

Updated: Oct. 8, 2020 at 8:45 PM CDT
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MARMADUKE, Ark. (KAIT) - A Greene County man faces a murder in the first degree charge after authorities say he shot and killed his brother earlier this week.

Bradley Allen Schuler was arrested in the murder case as authorities released new details Thursday.

According to Marmaduke Police Chief Scott Chambers, a call was received at 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, about an argument where a gun was involved.

Police found Wesley Schuler, 29, outside apartments at 107 North Fifth Street.

Authorities said in an affidavit that Bradley Allen Schuler was at the scene, attempting to help his brother, while a double-barrel shotgun was found in the front yard.

Wesley Schuler died from his injuries at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould, authorities said.

The affidavit noted that Arkansas State Police later interviewed Bradley Allen Schuler about the case.

“Bradley Schuler stated that he and his brother, Wesley Schuler, got into an argument over money. The argument resulted in a physical altercation. Schuler then told Wesley he was going inside to get a gun and shoot him,” police said in the affidavit. “Schuler then went inside and retrieved a double-barrel shotgun from his bedroom. Schuler stated he grabbed a bag of shotgun shells and dumped them on the hallway floor and picked one shell and put it into the shotgun and closed the shotgun. Schuler then walked outside the apartment and confronted Wesley. Schuler said Wesley lunged towards him and the shotgun went off.”

Bradley Schuler also told police that after his brother fell to the ground, Bradley Schuler threw the shotgun down, went to a neighbor’s house and told them to call 911, police said Thursday.

From there, Schuler said he went to help his brother.

A $150,000 bond was set Thursday for Bradley Allen Schuler.

Bradley Allen Schuler will be arraigned Dec. 21 in Greene County Circuit Court.

Neighbor Bridgette Handline says Marmaduke is a quiet area, so she’s surprised.

“I was actually home for all of it, and when it first happened, I saw lights go by, and I was like what’s going on? I have a three-year-old son so. I was like, this is kind of new. Marmaduke is more quiet,” said Handline.

Though it was a scary experience, Handline says she is not concerned about the neighborhood’s safety.

“This close to the house, it’s a little scary, but at the same time, that’s the first time it happened. These types of things happen everywhere," said Handline.

Chambers says the police are doing everything they can to keep the community safe.

“Our officers do a lot of patrolling. They’re up and down the streets all the time, and we are involved with the community. And anything like this can happen anywhere, at any time,” said Chambers.

Chambers has a message, if you see something, say something. Your call to the police can save a life.

“Keep your eyes open, if you see somebody that is fighting, call the police because you never know, if you call the police, you could put an end to something before something like this happens,” said Chambers.

Chambers says that his thoughts go out to the family. He says that police are doing everything they can to find out what happened.

Region 8 News will bring you more updates as they become available.

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