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Former Center, Missouri, Clerk Arrested

CENTER, Mo. (WGEM) – Former Center, Missouri, City Clerk, Tracey Ray, 47, was arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Thursday morning in Center.

“One of our troopers arrested Tracey Ray this morning on formal charges, and she’s on the way to jail right now.” Sgt. Eric Brown said shortly after the arrest Thursday morning.

Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie stated that Ray was charged with two counts of Assault in the First Degree, a class A felony, and two counts of Armed Criminal Action, an unspecified felony. Bond was set at $100,000 cash only.

Dinwiddie stated that the charges were the result of an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol after an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on July 2 where two members of the Ralls County Sheriff’s Office were wounded in a shootout with Ray.

Ray allegedly shot Dinwiddie and Chief Deputy Ronald Haught, Jr. near New London, Missouri, on July 2. Dinwiddie and Haught returned fire, striking Ray. She was airlifted and treated at a St. Louis hospital.

Ray’s time as the clerk is the focus of an investigation by Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office. The audit was requested by the city to look for potential fraud and mismanagement related to city finances while Ray served as clerk. She was fired on July 3.

The Ralls County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation of the embezzlement of funds from the City of Center, Missouri, was handled by the Missouri State Auditor’s Office in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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