(UPDATE: 01/06/17 8:27 p.m.)

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say no charges will be filed in a southwest Missouri shooting death.

The Lawrence County prosecuting attorney has ruled that the shooting of 44-year-old Rhonda Hood, of Mount Vernon, was “justified in defense of himself and the other people in the house.” The sheriff’s department said in a news release that the determination was made after the department completed its investigation.

After Hood was found shot to death on Monday, one person at the house was taken in for questioning. The man is still in custody on an unrelated matter. No details have been provided.



MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) — Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating two possible homicides in unrelated shootings on the same day.

The sheriff’s department says officers responded Monday evening when someone reported finding a body in a home outside of Aurora. The victim, Nolan Karch, 82, of Aurora, apparently suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

The sheriff’s department received another call less than an hour later that someone had been shot at a home near Mount Vernon.

Officers found Rhonda Hood, 44, at the home, dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

Sheriff Brad Delay says the shootings are not related and there is no need for public alarm from either shooting.

One person was arrested on unrelated charges in the Mount Vernon shooting. No arrests have been made in the Aurora shooting.