The McDonald County sheriff's department is investigating the shooting death of a man who was gunned down last night on a street in Noel.
Sheriff Robert Evenson says that 32 year-old Marty E. Reece was allegedly shot multiple times by a relative on Alexander Drive, but won't say why.
Now investigators are trying to determine if it was murder, or self defense.
Evenson says that when cops got to the crime scene about 9:30 p.m., the shooter was there waiting for them and that the alleged gun used in the shooting was seized. Evenson says the shooter is not in police custody at this time, and cops aren't looking for any other suspects.
Evenson says that Reece lived just not far from where the shooting took place. He says when officers arrived on scene, Reece's wife and her her parents were there.
He said an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow (09-09-09) in Springfield.
UPDATE: Thursday, September 10, 2009
UPDATED: Mother And Father-In-Law Arrested For Noel Shooting Death:
The mother and father-in-law of a man gunned down on a street in Noel Monday night have been arrested in connection to the crime.
Noel Marshal Jacob Boles says that when chief deputy Mike Miller arrived at the scene of the shooting on Alexander Street he found 32 year-old Marty E. Reece dead.
Boles says that Reece was shot more than one time and that a handgun believed to be used in the shooting was taken into evidence at the scene.
Reece's wife, Jindy Patterson-Reece, 21, and her father, James Patterson, 47, and Kimberly Patterson, 45, both of Noel, were at the scene when cops got there. The Pattersons allegedly told investigators that Reece was killed while they were defending themselves.
Online court records show that Jindy Patterson had an active order of protection against Marty Reece at the time of his death. Boles says that Marty and Jindy Reece were in the process of divorcing and are the parents of a young child.
According to Boles, the Pattersons were arrested last night (09-09-09) after he, Miller, and a couple of investigators from the McDonald County sheriff's department, met with McDonald County prosecutor Janice Durbin yesterday.
The Pattersons, who have not been charged with second-degree murder, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and booked into theMcDonald County jail.
They both bonded out today (09-10-09) on a $25,000 probable cause bond each.
08MC-CV01173 - PROTECTION ORDER