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UPDATED – Arrest made in Wednesday afternoon shooting death

UPDATE (8/3/23, 5 p.m.):

Second Degree Murder charge in shooting death

Sheriff Scott K. Lindsey

On August 2, 2023, at approximately 3:49 p.m., Texas County 911 dispatch received a report of a shooting at Crow Creek Bar and Grill on CC Highway in the Licking area. Texas County deputies and the Licking Police Department responded to the business.

Upon arriving at the scene, responding officers discovered Christopher Gordon, age 58, of Beulah, Mo., deceased. After speaking with witnesses and reviewing camera footage, deputies determined Christopher Gordon was shot by his brother, James Gordon, inside the establishment. A brief physical altercation took place between the two men prior to the shooting. James Gordon was arrested at the scene and transported to the Texas County Jail.

Prosecuting Attorney Parke Stevens charged James M. Gordon, age 62, of Beulah, with Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action. He was incarcerated in the Texas County Jail and ordered to be held without bond.

The above charges are mere 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.

August 3, 2023, 9:34 a.m.

The Texas County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release late Wednesday regarding a shooting death that occurred in the County.

At approximately 3:49 p.m., Texas County deputies and officers from the Licking Police Department responded to a business on Highway CC for a report of a shooting. A 62-year-old man was arrested in relation to the shooting death of a 58-year-old man. He is currently being held in the Texas County Jail pending formal charges.

The Sheriff’s Department will release further information regarding the incident in the following days.


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