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Police: D-II assistant was shot in confrontation between suspect, wife

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Joplin, Mo. police have released further details in the death of Missouri Southern State assistant coach Derek Moore, who was fatally shot Friday night while leaving a Joplin movie theater.

Police have charged Jeffery L. Bruner, 39, of Joplin, with felony murder and armed criminal action, the Associated Press reported. After being taken into custody immediately following the shooting, Bruner is being held without bond in the Jasper County Jail.

According to police, the shooting occurred during a confrontation in the theater parking lot between Bruner, Moore, and Bruner's recently estranged wife, who had accompanied Moore to the theater. Police did not discuss the nature of the relationship between Moore and Bruner's wife.

Police said Bruner shot Moore with a semi-automatic handgun during the confrontation, then continued to fire after Moore had fallen to the ground. Joplin police Lt. Matt Stewart said that Bruner then placed his firearm inside his vehicle and surrendered to bystanders until law enforcement arrived.

An autopsy confirmed that Moore had died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

Moore had been hired as the offensive line coach at Missouri Southern State, an NCAA Division II school, last summer. The university held a memorial service for Moore Monday afternoon after postponing Saturday's game and cancelling scheduled homecoming festivities.

"It was too shocking," school spokesperson Cassie Mathes said. "It didn't seem to be the right time to have a homecoming, the morning after."

The school will also observe a moment of silence for Moore at this week's game and is helping set up a fund for Moore's 7-year-old-son, who the AP reports lives in Iowa.

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