More details released in Washco shooting

The Washington County Sheriff's Department has released the name of a man shot and killed late Tuesday evening. 

The man has been identified as Jeffrey Lee Ribble Jr., 25, of Cadet.

Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen said the man's brother-in-law was placed into custody following the shooting but has since been released pending further investigation.

Deputies were called to the 11,000 block of Red Rock Rd. Tuesday evening for “person down/nature unknown” call. While responding they learned that a person had been shot. 

“When deputies arrived at the scene, they located the shooter, Ribble and Ribble’s sister,” said Jacobsen. “The arriving deputies located Ribble in a heavily wooded area near Red Rock Road ... The sister and her husband are cooperating with the investigation and were transported to the sheriff’s office for questioning.”

Jacobsen said through the investigation it was determined that the brother-in-law had an unrelated warrant so he was arrested but later released.

“The investigation is still ongoing and the sister was interviewed and released,” Jacobsen said. “The next of kin also has been notified. The person was located on a trail in the woods and was shot in the chest area, with what we believe to be a .22 long rifle, but at this point there were several weapons seized.”

Jacobsen said so they aren’t sure if it was the rifle or a pistol that was used, but they have no reason to believe at this point that anyone is in any danger. He added they believe it was an isolated incident.

An autopsy was scheduled and performed Wednesday afternoon on Ribble. The investigation is still ongoing. 

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or



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