Altercation leads to shooting in McDonald County

Police investigate shooting

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – The McDonald County Sheriff’s Office investigates an alleged struggle that ended after a shooting.

Yesterday, March 29, 2021, around 12:13 p.m., deputies went to 38 Woodpecker Ln in Powell, Missouri about a disturbance and shots fired.

They investigated and learned that a group of people had been in a verbal altercation over a mobile home. At some point during the altercation, Rick Thurston got out a pistol and started firing.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, several people then grabbed Thurston. During the struggle, the gun fired and hit Thurston. He left the scene and called 911 from a friend’s house. EMS took him to a Joplin hospital for treatment.

The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating and will present the case to the McDonald County Prosecuting Attorney.