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Shooter probably not a danger to public, Pulaski County sheriff says
BUCKHORN, Mo. (Oct. 14, 2009) — Pulaski County Sheriff J.B. King says he’s fairly sure the person who was shot in the leg west of Waynesville on Tuesday afternoon knows who shot him, but isn’t telling everything that could be said about the incident.

Pulaski County deputies, Waynesville firefighters and Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel responded after the Pulaski County 911 Center received a 3:49 p.m. call from a woman who came to the old Witmore Farms restaurant and said a male passenger in the car with her had been shot in the leg and “lost a lot of blood.” Emergency personnel tried to get a medevac helicopter to respond but the local helicopter couldn’t fly due to bad weather conditions, so ground ambulance personnel took him to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla for emergency treatment.

The victim turned out to be Tony Trotter, 50, who lives on Roscoe Road where the shooting was reported to have taken place.

The shooting touched off an extensive manhunt Thursday evening by numerous police agencies whose officers combed the county’s back roads for an older-model black Dodge Dart or similar vehicle, but weren’t able to locate the shooter.

King said he’s fairly sure Trotter was the intended victim and that the man who shot him isn’t trying to shoot anyone else.

“At this time we think there is no risk to the general public. We have no concrete evidence yet to back it up, but our suspicions are the victim knows who shot him and we do not think this was a random event,” King said. “The victim is well-known to law enforcement in this community and we strongly suspect with the circumstances we’ve been given with the situation that occurred, that there is more to the story.”

Trotter will soon be interviewed in his hospital bed, King said.

“We will send someone to talk to him but we have doubts that will help,” King said. “He definitely had multiple felony arrests and has been charged with drug activity in the past.”

Deputies are continuing the investigation, King said.

“We have no reason to believe that this was a random act of violence. We believe that there is more to the incident then we have been told and Trotter was the specific target of the shooter,” King wrote Wednesday in a prepared statement.

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