A man from the rural outskirts of southern Pike County remains behind bars after an altercation between he and his wife ended with her sustaining a gunshot wound to her forehead.
According to Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte, his office received a call on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 4:21 p.m. from a man at 14399 Pike 340 who stated he had accidently shot his wife.
Responding to the scene were Northwest Fire Protection District First Responders, Pike County EMS, an Air Evac Helicopter, and the Sheriff’s Office.
Colleen Rusher, age 42, of that address, received a gunshot wound to her forehead and was transported to a St. Louis area hospital, where she was listed in serious condition.
Steve Rusher, age 47, also of that address, was the caller.
A probable cause statement completed by a detective with the Sheriff’s Department reads that Rusher and the victim were in a verbal argument, during which Rusher “retrieved a Winchester Model 140 semi-automatic 20-gauge shotgun from a wall” in the residence.
The statement continues by saying that Rusher shot the gun, which was loaded with birdshot.
“The projectiles struck [Colleen] in the head causing serious physical injury,” the report details.