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Suspect named in Ralls County officer-involved shooting

CENTER, MO (WGEM) — Center, Missouri, Mayor, Dennis McMillen has confirmed to WGEM News that the then City Clerk, Tracey Ray, was injured in an officer-involved shooting in Ralls County, Missouri.

The news comes as Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced Wednesday she would be launching an audit of the city, concerns related to the city finances under Ray.

Galloway’s office said they’ll focus on questionable financial activity.

Ray’s current condition is unknown.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said four Ralls County deputies, and a New London police officer responded to a call about a “distraught woman” around 11:25 p.m. July 2.  Once they arrived, shots rang out.

Sgt. Eric Brown with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the shooting happened in rural Ralls County off Spencer Creek Lane, East of Beaver Road.

Sgt. Brown said that during the encounter a woman sustained serious injuries and was life-flighted to a hospital in St. Louis. Brown added that the woman was the only person shot.

On July 3, Center’s Board of Alderman voted 4-0 in favor of the firing of Ray after learning that Ray had not filed state-mandated financial reports for the last three years.

Ray is married to Police Chief David Ray, who was fired in June, but reinstated a week later.

Mayor McMillen said that David Ray has been placed on a two-week administrative leave for the audit.


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