Police: Woman fatally shot in 'domestic violence incident'

Woman Killed in Domestic Violence Shooting, Police Say

Late Sunday morning, authorities took a man into custody.

In Ballwin, Missouri, a tragic event unfolded early Sunday morning when a woman lost her life to a gunshot wound in what is being described as a domestic violence incident.

A spokesperson for the Ballwin Police, Officer Mark Reckert, reported that the incident occurred around 1 a.m. on Spring Leigh Court, a location just north of where Manchester and Baxter roads intersect. The woman suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Upon their arrival, Ballwin police officers provided immediate medical attention to the woman. Shortly after, firefighters and paramedics from the Metro West Fire Protection District joined them at the scene. Despite their efforts, the woman was pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital in the St. Louis area.

For over 10 hours, the search was on for the man believed to have fired the shot. By approximately 11:30 a.m., police had him in custody, as confirmed by Officer Reckert.

The police have yet to disclose the identity of the man or detail the nature of his relationship with the woman. Officer Reckert mentioned that more information would be shared in due time.

This incident marks the first homicide in Ballwin since April 2013. Back then, an 81-year-old woman shot her son inside their home on Clayworth Drive after he allegedly attacked her with a knife.

Both the mother and her son, Brian Walker, aged 41, were taken to Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Brian succumbed to his injuries shortly after.

Ballwin police are urging anyone with information about the recent homicide to come forward and contact them at 636-227-9636.

For those affected by crime, or who know someone who is, there are resources available. The Crime Victim Center of St. Louis offers various programs to support victims, including efforts to raise awareness and drive systemic change.

The Life Outside of Violence program aims to help individuals affected by stabbings, shootings, or assaults find the necessary support and resources to break the cycle of violence.

Additionally, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis provides the Neighborhood Healing Network, catering to those who have experienced crime, violence, or trauma.

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