Benton County Sheriff Knox has reported that an Edwards man was fatally shot by his son Tuesday night.

On Tuesday at approximately 10:42 p.m., a 911 call was received by Benton County Central Dispatch. The caller, Kathleen “Dawn” Burr 49, stated that her husband, Nicholas Burr Sr., 41, had been shot by their juvenile son (age 15) while she was being physically assaulted. Nicholas did not survive his wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident occurred in Arrowhead Estates in rural Edwards.

“This is an ongoing investigation with a massive amount of evidence to be processed. As of today’s date, we have not had an opportunity to interview the juvenile due to the complexities of dealing with juvenile law. We do not have the most important perspective of this incident, the juvenile’s point of view,” Sheriff Knox said on Thursday.

Preliminary investigations based on the scene, the initial processing of evidence, Kathleen’s interview and injuries are consistent with domestic violence. The preliminary investigation suggests that “Self-defense or defense of another” under the Missouri Revised Statute 563.031, was warranted.

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"Both Kathleen and her son were transported by ambulance for a medical evaluation for injuries received during the incident. Both were treated and released from a nearby hospital. The juvenile is not yet in custody," Sheriff Knox said on Thursday.

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