Family offers $5,000 for information leading to arrest, conviction of shooting suspect

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

SIKESTON -- The family of a Sikeston man who was shot and injured during a burglary-in-progress is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the crime.

About 7 a.m. Jan. 22, officers with Sikeston Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a first-degree assault in the 200 block of Tanner Street. The 71-year-old victim, Sam Hunter of Sikeston, had been shot one time in what appears to have been a planned robbery/burglary, said Sgt. Jon Broom, public information officer with Sikeston DPS.

"Sikeston DPS detectives have developed several leads in this case and collected several key pieces of evidence. Detectives continue to follow up on those leads and have been working diligently on this case," Broom said.

The Hunter family contacted Sikeston DPS and offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this crime.

Initial DPS reports said on the morning of the incident Hunter walked to a house nearby, and as he approached the back door, a man walked up to him from a vehicle parked on Park Street. Reportedly the man was talking to Hunter, then pushed him inside the back door as a fight ensued. During the scuffle, the perpetrator pulled out a handgun and shot Hunter in the torso.

The suspect was said to have left in a small, silver car, DPS said.

Hunter was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.

If anyone has information related to this case, Broom said they are urged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (573) 471-1500 or DPS' normal non-emergency line at (573) 471-4711.

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