DONIPHAN, Mo. — A southeast Missouri man is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the shooting death of his brother-in-law.

KFVS-TV reports that 36-year-old Benjamin Ruhl of Doniphan is jailed on $500,000 cash-only bond.

Ripley County Sheriff Mike Barton says deputies were called to a home around 2:30 a.m. Barton says Ruhl pointed a gun at a teenage girl, who alerted others in the home.

Barton says Ruhl’s brother-in-law, 31-year-old Matthew Schrimsher, and children ran from a basement to the main floor, with Ruhl coming up the stairs after them. Barton says that as Schrimsher tried to close the basement door, Ruhl fired a shot through the door, striking Schrimsher, who died.

Barton says Ruhl also shot at an emergency vehicle before fleeing into the woods. He later surrendered.


Information from: KFVS-TV, http://www.kfvs12.com

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