An argument that took place at a Missouri athletics bar last week turned deadly as men feuded over the size of a German Shepherd dog, police said.
Scott Beary, a 43 -year-old father of three, succumbed Wednesday after he was shot at Show-Me’s Sports Bar& Grill in Florissant, KMOV reported. Beary’s friend and co-worker, Ryan Jacobsmeyer, was reportedly injured in the incident.
Witness Carl Leavy told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that an debate broke out about the dog’s weight, as the alleged gunman’s friend said his German Shepherd was 290 pounds — but Beary didn’t believe it, and quipped that he was 325 pounds and couldn’t imagine a dog close to his size.
Beary and the alleged gunman reportedly exchanged numbers after talking about building chores. As Beary was lead, according to Leavy, he allegedly jokingly told the shooter not to have hard feelings regarding their disagreement.
The witness claimed that the gunman called Beary a rude name, and added that Beary allegedly hurled a punch and the suspect then fired.
The unidentified 54 -year-old man who witnesses allege pulled the trigger was arrested and booked Wednesday on distrust of second-degree assassination, the Post-Dispatch reported.
The suspect is not yet facing any charges due to insufficient evidence, despite four hours of surveillance video and more than 20 interviews from those who witnessed the incident, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said.
It’s unclear, according to McCulloch, whether the alleged gunman acted in defense of himself or provoked the situation at the bar — which attains it difficult to file charges.
“Defense is always a consideration we look at, but now there’s defense of others, who’s the attacker, who’s the initial aggressor, ” McCulloch said. “The way the law maintains changing with Stand Your Ground and where you can take firearms and all that information, it’s going to take a while to sort through this.”
Charges may be filed against the man — who McCulloch doesn’t believe is a hazard at this point — once witness are maybe re-interviewed and more evidence is collected, KMOV reported.
“When in this country are we going to stop with the violence? ” Beary’s brother, Don Beary, said. “You get in an argument in a bar and somebody has to pull out a gun and turn it into the Wild West? Now my brother, my best friend, is dead.”
Leavy said the shooting has left him dreading for his life and doesn’t understand how the gunman isn’t charged.
“I don’t see how a guy like that can get out, ” Leavy told the Post-Dispatch. “I’m absolutely dreading for my life and for everyone else that insured it happen.”
Beary’s death came only five days after he and his wife, Christy, lost their 11 -day-old daughter Jocelyn, who was born prematurely.
“We put her to remainder and we were all healing and now this happens, ” Beary’s employer, Jeana Sellenschuetter, told the news station. “So, we’re going to start all over again and we’re going to be in that same church that we were just inside on Sunday and it’s not fair.”
A GoFundMe coordinated for Beary’s family — which has raised close to $55,000 in four days — described him as “a loving husband, father, friend, son and friend to many. He was a funny, extremely caring GREAT man that would be there for you at the drop of a hat.”
“He always had jokes and funny tales to tell, ” the fundraiser stated of Beary, whose other children are ages 13, 15, and 16.
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