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Police respond to shots fired

Bonne Terre Police responded to a call of “shots fired” and a “person on the ground” Friday at 8:25 p.m.

Bonne Terre Police Chief Doug Calvert said there was a man and a woman in their 60s walking down Benham Street near the BP gas station and they had been in some kind of an argument.

“One of them was on oxygen and somehow they had gotten into an argument,” Calvert said. “The woman said she had a .22 automatic in her possession and it fell out and went off. Nobody was shot. Now, some unsubstantiated reports say that the weapon was fired twice.”

Calvert said the weapon was recovered and it has sent in for ballistic testing. He added she was also tested and if it hadn’t been for her medical issues she would have went to jail.

“She probably would have went to the county jail but she had health issues so the jail wouldn’t take her. She would have to be hospitalized,” Calvert said. “No one was injured and there was no gunshot, although a gun was involved.”

Calvert said it may have just discharged, but she didn’t point it at anybody and there were no injuries.

“Bonne Terre/Big River Fire responded, along with St. Francois County EMS and everybody refused any kind of treatment,” said Calvert. “Charges will be sought through the St. Francois County Prosecutors Office for unlawful use of a weapon. The initial reports dispatched out worse than what it actually was, thankfully.”

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

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