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Beulah shooting incident

  On Dec. 3 at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Phelps Co. Sheriff’s Dept. arrested a Beulah resident for First Degree Assault, Armed Criminal Action, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon following a shooting incident on Pvt. Dr. 6537 and St. Rte. K in Phelps Co.
  On Dec. 3 at approximately 7 p.m., deputies of the Phelps Co. Sheriff’s Dept. responded to a reported shooting incident at the entrance to the Cedar Ridge Ranch on Pvt. Dr. 6537 and Mo. St. Rte. K. An adult male was reported to have been shot at that location and was being transported into Rolla by his wife in a personal vehicle. The victim, who was later identified as Ross M. Mackey, age 52, of Beulah, Missouri; suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen. An ambulance from the Phelps County Ambulance Service met Mackey’s vehicle as it was en route to the hospital, and provided final transport to PCRMC. Mackey, who suffered serious physical injury as a result of the gunshot wound, was later conveyed to the Univ. Medical Center in Columbia.
  An investigation by deputies and detectives of the Sheriff’s Department identified David A. Gates, age 54, of Beulah, as the suspect shooter. Gates fled the scene after the shooting and went to his residence on the property of Cedar Ridge Ranch, located on Pvt. Dr. 6537. Gates was taken into custody without incident. Gates is currently incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail pending warrants.
  Assistance in the apprehension of Gates was provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The charges for which Mr. Gates have been arrested are merely accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


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