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Woman shot in face during apparent domestic disturbance

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 | 6:44 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A man is being held in connection with an apparent domestic dispute in which a woman was shot in the face Tuesday at her home at Apple Grove Trailer Park on North Creasy Springs Road, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

The 42-year-old victim said an argument arose after the suspect had been "consuming intoxicants," a news release from department stated. After she was shot, the victim was able to leave her residence and contact a neighbor, who called 911, the release said.

Boone County sheriff's deputies responded to the scene about 12:41 p.m. The victim was treated at a Columbia hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Ronald D. Bryant, 69, was arrested about 3 p.m. in the 3800 block of North Creasy Springs Road.

Investigators are still looking into whether the gun belonged to Bryant, Sheriff's Detective Tom O'Sullivan said.

It appeared that Bryant and the victim had a "boyfriend/girlfriend" relationship, O'Sullivan said.

Bryant is being held in the Boone County Jail on charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Bond has not been set.

Supervising editor is Margaux Henquinet.


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