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Mayor of Southeast Missouri town dies following shooting

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 ~ Updated 10:10 AM

LILBOURN, Mo. (AP) -- An autopsy is planned on a rural Southeast Missouri mayor who died two days after being shot in the head by a councilman who later killed himself.

New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens tells KFVS-TV of Cape Girardeau that 56-year-old Lilbourn Mayor Leonard Thomas died Tuesday after being taken off life support at a Memphis hospital.

An autopsy was planned for Wednesday by the county's coroner.

Investigators say witnesses told them that 56-year-old Lonnie Moore and Thomas had been arguing Sunday when it escalated. On Sunday night, authorities found Moore dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and Thomas with a gunshot wound to the head.

Stevens says Moore shot Thomas before killing himself.


Information from: KFVS-TV, http://www.kfvs12.com

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"Stevens says Moore shot Thomas before killing himself." No shxx. Would it have been possible for Moore to shoot Thomas AFTER killing himself?

I am glad we have kfvs and the missourian to report these facts

-- Posted by mystery9 on Wed, Sep 22, 2010, at 10:55 AM

I think the article was trying to convey that this was a murder-suicide instead of a double homicide. There's a big difference in how each of those scenarios are investigated and handled

-- Posted by Beaker on Wed, Sep 22, 2010, at 2:23 PM

Mayor of North Lilbourn, not the mayor of Lilbourn. Two different towns. Mayor of Lilbourn is very much alive and not involved in this fiasco.

-- Posted by bam-bam on Wed, Sep 22, 2010, at 2:38 PM

beaker, I am pretty sure that everyone got that in the first sentence "who died two days after being shot in the head by a councilman who later killed himself."

I'm just saying

-- Posted by mystery9 on Thu, Sep 23, 2010, at 8:34 AM

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