JOPLIN, Mo. —
Updated: 1:32 p.m. — Jeffrey Bruner stood over Derek Moore and pumped several more bullets into the Missouri Southern State University assistant football coach after he collapsed from an initial shot, according to Joplin police.
Bruner confronted his estranged wife, Dawn Michelle Bruner, and Moore in the drop-off lanes at the front of Northpark 14 Theatres in Joplin about 9:50 p.m. Friday as a crowd emerged from a showing of “Captain Phillips.”
Police Lt. Matt Stewart said Dawn Bruner, an MSSU police officer, and Moore had been to the movie together and were headed toward their vehicle when Jeffrey Bruner approached and said something to them.
He then pulled out a handgun and shot Moore in the torso “at close range,” Stewart said.
“After (Moore) fell down, according to witness statements, (Bruner) fired more shots while Mr. Moore was on the ground,” Stewart said.
Bruner then went to his vehicle in the parking lot of the theater complex and placed the firearm inside as three or four male witnesses to the shooting followed and confronted him, Stewart said.
“They told him to get down on the ground, which he did, and they stayed with him then until law enforcement arrived,” Stewart said.
The handgun believed to have been been used in the shooting was recovered from the vehicle. Shell casings that witnesses report having observed on the ground at the scene would indicate the weapon was a semiautomatic pistol, although police are declining to release its make and caliber.
Stewart also declined to answer how many times Moore was shot or if the shooter had emptied the gun into him. He said that, to his knowledge, Bruner never pointed the weapon at his wife or anyone other than Moore. He declined to say what Bruner said to his wife or Moore just prior to the shooting.
“He made some statements, but we’re not releasing what those statements were,” Stewart said.
Moore, 37, was taken to Freeman Hospital West, where he later died. An autopsy conducted Sunday in Kansas City found the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds.
Stewart said Bruner and his wife, who had shared a home on Nashville Street in Joplin, apparently separated recently. He said he did not know how long ago. He said there had been no prior domestic disturbances between the couple reported to Joplin police.
Jeffrey Bruner, 39, has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He is being held without bond at the Jasper County Jail in Carthage.
Police say Jeffrey Bruner stood over Derek Moore and shot him several more times after the Missouri Southern State University assistant football coach had collapsed from an initial shot.
Bruner, 39, is accused of confronting his estranged wife and Moore, 37, in the parking lot of Northpark 14 Theatres in Joplin as a movie was letting out about 9:50 p.m. Friday and fatally shooting Moore. An autopsy conducted Sunday in Kansas City determined that Moore died of multiple gunshot wounds, Joplin police said in a news release today.
Police said that after pumping several shots into Moore’s prostrate body, Bruner went to his vehicle and placed his firearm inside. Witnesses to the shooting subsequently detained him and held him until police arrived on the scene.
Moore was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he subsequently was pronounced dead.
Bruner has been charged with Class A felony murder and armed criminal action.