From the News-Leader of February 17, 2008
Ava man shot during dispute
A 37-year-old man from Ava was shot with a 22 caliber weapon during a dispute Saturday.
The man’s name was not being released Sunday because no charges had been filed in the case.
On Saturday, The Ozark County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a domestic dispute near Longrun, a rural area in the county.
When the officers arrived, they learned a man broke into the house and was shot by the 38-year-old female in the home. After being shot, he fled the residence.
While the two were not married, they knew each other.
There have not been a lot of calls from this address, but the sheriff’s office is acquainted with the participants, said Sheriff Raymond Pace.
The male was found near Wasola several hours later and transported to Cox South Hospital in Springfield. As of Sunday, he was still in the hospital, Pace said.
Charges of burglary and assault are expected to be filed against the man on Tuesday, Pace said.
No charges are expected against the woman.
“She was defending herself. He broke into the house,” Pace said.
This is an example of how a domestic dispute can end in a “serious situation,” Pace said.