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justice 4jMalden, Mo. — A 48-year-old Dexter, Mo., man has been charged with 2nd degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon after being shot by police during a confrontation on March 10.
Bobby Newt Cantrell was shot by police after refusing to lower his gun during a confrontation at the Amerimart in Malden on Tuesday.
According to the probable cause statement police were called and warned that Cantrell was suicidal and would shoot himself if he saw an officer.
Police found Cantrell at the Amerimart where he was standing by a white truck at the gas pumps and pointed his gun at Officer Nick Darter. He was told to drop his gun by Malden Chief Jarrett Bullock who tried to get his attention as two officers moved in on him, but when he saw them he pointed his gun at them and Chief Bullock fired when he thought he heard Cantrell cock his gun.
Cantrell fell and was disarmed by the two officers.
He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
In a statement made during an interview with the Missouri Highway Patrol on Wednesday Cantrell allegedly admitted pointing the gun at the officers and said he was in a rage and stopped at the Amerimart for something to drink before he went to kill an unidentified person.
Police said Cantrell was armed with a .357 Magnum revolver.
To view the probable cause statement, click HERE.

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