Schultze murder

Bullet holes are visible in the front door of the home at 1009 Vandiver Court in Farmington. The homeowner was killed sometime prior to Saturday morning by a single bullet wound to the chest. Charges have now been filed against a suspect in the case.

An autopsy was performed Monday as part of a murder investigation which began with a phone call and the discovery of a body over the weekend.

Samuel Schulz, 41, was found dead in his home in the 1000 block of Vandiver Court in Farmington around 10:45 a.m. Saturday in response to a check the well-being call to police.

According to Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker, the pathologist report from the autopsy indicated the manner of death was homicide caused by a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Baker said the department does have a suspect in the case, however, the individual is currently in the hospital receiving treatment at this time. He noted the suspect is not a threat to the community and additional information will be released as it can be made available.

As for the murder, Baker had earlier said, “At 10:45 a.m. (Saturday) morning the Farmington Police Department responded to the 1000 block of Vandiver Court in reference to a check the well-being,” said Baker. “A neighbor and reporting party saw several bullet holes in the victim’s front door.”

When officers arrived they went inside and found Schulze lying face down on the bedroom floor.

“Officers searched the residence to make sure no one else was present and then cordoned off the scene,” explained the chief. “They called the coroner and the (detectives) for the department. The next of kin was notified and Schulze was transported to the county morgue.”

As of Monday afternoon Baker did not disclose the motive for the shooting.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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