FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV/Meredith)– Witnesses said an argument over the size of a German shepherd caused a fatal shooting at a Missouri sports bar, according to detectives.
Police stated 43-year-old Scott Beary passed away in the shooting at Show-Me’s Sports Bar & & Grill in Florissant, Missouri on Wednesday. Beary’s pal and co-worker, Ryan Jacobsmeyer, 37, was injured.
Witness Carl Leavy said the shooting happened when a conflict about the dog’s weight boiled over and another guy pulled out a gun. It wasn’t up until Beary and his buddy will leave that the argument turned violent, according to authorities.
Beary’s bro, Don Beary, regreted the killing, asking “When in this nation are we going to stop with the violence?”
The man who opened fire is not facing charges almost a week after the shooting due to inadequate details. For that reason, authorities have not launched his name.
Despite several videos from inside the sports bar and more than 20 witness interviews, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch stated there was inadequate clear evidence to determine whether the man acted in defense or as the aggressor.Stand Your Ground
laws make complex case Complicating matters is
the moving nature of self-defense laws and how those intersect with weapons laws. “Defense is constantly a factor to consider we
look at, but now there’s defense of others, who’s the aggressor, who’s the initial assailant,” McCulloch stated. “The method the law keeps altering with Stand Your Ground and where you can take guns and all that details, it’s going to take some time to arrange through this.”
Prosecutors only have video from the event. For an understanding of what was stated, they have actually relied on witness interviews. Some overheard parts of the discussion and some were taking part in it, according to McCulloch.
McCulloch does not believe the shooter is a threat to any of the witnesses or the public at large.
“I do not expect this individual would be a concern,” he stated.
For now, McCulloch’s office is still gathering and evaluating security video and waiting on toxicology reports. While some witnesses may be re-interviewed once all the evidence is gathered, McCulloch stated he wants to have everything completed by the end of this week. At that point, they’ll decide on whether to charge the shooter.
“He may end up charged at some time, he may not,” McColluch said. “We have time to go through everything completely and inspect it against the numerous statutes that enter into play on this. Not simply murder statutes, but defense statutes, self-defense, stand your ground, everything that plays into that. Which in this circumstance has actually definitely made complex things.”
Family devastated after 2 deaths in one week
Just five days prior to the shooting, Beary and his wife had to bury their 11-day-old daughter due to problems from an early birth.
“We put her to rest and we were all healing and now this takes place. So, we’re going to begin all over once again and we’re going to remain in that same church that we were simply within on Sunday and it’s unfair,” stated Jeana Sellenschuetter, Beary’s buddy and company at CSM Building.
He was also the daddy of a 16-, 15- and 13-year-old. His good friends described him as a loving spouse and father.
“He was the salt of the earth,” said Sellenschuetter. “He was a teddy bear.”
GoFundMe page for Beary’s Family. Click here for updates on this story from our sister station, KMOV.The Associated Press contributed to this report.