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UPDATED: Suspected gunman captured in Cooper County

Thursday, October 28, 2010 | 2:54 p.m. CDT; updated 8:22 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 28, 2010

COOPER COUNTY — Police have captured the man suspected in connection with three shooting deaths in Callaway County.

Sgt. Robert Bruchsaler of the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad said Joshua William Maylee was taken into custody at 1:30 p.m. Thursday without incident in Cooper County.

Bruchsaler said Maylee was seeking help near Highway 179 for his wounded and bandaged hand and foot from a Cooper County resident. He said that the resident called 911 for help, and that Maylee was arrested when authorities arrived and checked his identification. Bruchsaler said Maylee was unarmed when he was arrested but that police haven't recovered his weapons.

Maylee was treated at a medical facility in Cooper County and taken to Callaway County Jail around 2:30 p.m. Though charges have not yet been filed, Bruchsaler expects them to be filed in the future.

Bruchsaler wouldn't comment on Maylee's motive but said that Maylee was connected with all four victims through "negative dealings" in the past.

The lockdown at University Hospital was lifted Thursday afternoon, according to an e-mail from the MU News Bureau.

Maylee is suspected of using a high-powered rifle and handgun to kill three people and wound another in two separate incidents Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in Callaway County.

Gina Werdehausen, 41, who survived the shootings, is in stable condition at University Hospital in Columbia. Her condition had previously been listed as critical.

Werdehausen's husband, Jeffrey Werdehausen, 46, was killed along with Eugene Pinet, 48, and Jackie Pinet, 57.

Check with ColumbiaMissourian.com for more information.


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