Three men have been arrested in connection with a shooting incident that occurred in LaMonte, late Saturday night.

Pettis County deputies are continuing to investigate a shooting at the Frog Hollow Apartments, which resulted in an 18-year old man, from Knob Noster, being flown to a Columbia hospital with gunshot wounds, including one wound to the chest.

Shortly after 10:00 on Saturday evening (Jan 21), deputies were called to reports of a shooting at an apartment complex in the 400 block of South Walnut, in LaMonte.

Upon arrival, deputies found a 18-year old Allen Deitas, of Knob Noster, on a sidewalk in front of the apartments suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

According to a press release from the Pettis County Sheriff's Department, four men had been taken into custody at the scene by midnight on Saturday, and were transported to the Pettis County Jail, where they are being held, pending action by the Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Reports indicate a group of men, including the shooting victim, went to one of the apartments in the complex just before the incident occurred. Deputies are continuing to sort out the circumstances leading to the shooting.

According to the Sedalia Democrat, the Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed a charge of burglary in the first degree against 22-year old Piaget Deitas, of LaMonte, 22-year old Joyter Meseky, of Sedalia, and 23-year old Alexander T. Alexander, of Sedalia.

The Democrat also reports that the four men are alleged to have forced entry into the apartment in the 400 block of South Walnut Street and stealing a pistol from inside. When confronted by the apartment’s resident, the pistol was pointed at the resident who fired a .45-caliber pistol, in his possession, striking Allen Deitas. Authorities determined the resident to have acted in self defense.

All three men were booked into in the Pettis County Jail, on a $25,000 bond. All three are expected to be arraigned in Pettis County Associate Circuit Court on Monday (Jan 23).

Charges against Deitas, are pending, upon his release from the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

Anyone with information regarding this case, is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office at 660-827-0052 or 660-347-5106, or the Pettis County Crime Stoppers Hotline at 660-827-TIPS.

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