***FREE ACCESS*** Authorities charge suspect in Dexter shooting

Friday, August 25, 2023

Charges have been filed and a suspect identified in a shooting that sent a Dexter man to a Memphis hospital.

According to a news release from Dexter Police Chief Hank Trout the Dexter Police were contacted Tuesday by a deputy with the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department. The deputy contacted the Dexter Police about a shooting investigation being conducted by the Sheriff's Office.

Trout said at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday, Erik Schmidt, 33 of Dexter, arrived at the emergency room at SoutheastHEALTH in Dexter with gunshot wounds. Trout said Schmidt was in stable condition and was transferred to a hospital in Memphis for treatment.

Trout said information obtained by the Sheriff's Department during the investigation led them to believe the shooting occurred at a residence on N. First Street in Dexter. According to the news release the Stoddard County Major Case Squad was activated and an active investigation is underway.

Trout said a suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect has been identified as Courtney Ranae Davis, 30 of Dexter. Trout said Stoddard County Prosecutor Sawyer Smith has charged Davis with the class A felony of first degree assault or attempt-serious physical injury or special victim, the unclassified felony of armed criminal action and the class E felony of unlawful use of a weapon. Davis is being held at the Stoddard County Jail with no bond.

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