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Kennett man wanted for murder in his driveway

Eric Petro 2
(Kennett Police Dept)

KENNETT, Mo. (WSIL) -- Law enforcement in Missouri are looking for a suspect in Kennett shooting Friday that killed a man. 

Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Nicholas Jain announced details of the criminal complaint Saturday. Eric Petro, 39, of Kennett is charged with murder in the second degree and armed criminal action.

An arrest warrant was issued for Petro ordering him held without bond by Dunklin County Circuit Court Judge John Speilman. 

The Kennett Police Department received a call of a shooting at Petro's house. 

"When police arrived, they found Master Harper wounded lying in the driveway of that residence," Jain said in a statement released by Kennett Police Chief Kenny Wilson. 

Harper was transported to Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould, Arkansas where he later died of his injuries. 

"Investigators learned that witnesses heard an argument and a gunshot," Jain said. "When the witnesses went outside, they saw Eric Petro get into a dark colored SUV and leave the scene. Law enforcement officers found a shell casing that was the same brand as ammunition found inside the defendant's home."

Kennett Police Department warns the public not to approach Petro as he should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information call them at (573) 888-4622. 

If you know where he is or can help police with information.. give them a call.

The murder investigation is being conducted by the Dunklin County Major Case Squad, the Kennett Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Dunklin County Sheriff's Office. 

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Jonathan Brines

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