Homicide investigation launched after fatal shooting in Festus - KMOV.com

Homicide investigation launched after fatal shooting in Festus

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office announced they are currently investigating a homicide in Festus, Missouri. 

Sheriff Dave Marshak announced the investigation via Twitter. 

The sheriff's office said the investigation concerns a shooting in the 10000 block of Vail Drive in Festus on Aug. 17. They have identified the victim as 49 year-old Steven D. Pettit of Hillsboro, Missouri. 

Authorities said a woman called  around 7:11 a.m. that morning. to report a possible burglary with gunshots in the home. That woman is now being considered a person of interest in the case. The woman is identified as Pettit's girlfriend.

Police say Pettit was living at the residence as a renter. 

Two children were in the home at the time of the shooting, the sheriff's office said. The children are ages 14 and 16. 

The Department of Family Services has removed the children and placed them into foster homes. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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