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Man Arrested in Double Homicide in Fort Scott


A 23-year old Fort Scott man has been arrested in connection with a double homicide in Fort Scott.


According to the Fort Scott Police Department, they received a 911 call from a subject who came home to find a female family member had been shot. When police officers arrived at the residence, they located 48-year-old Melissa L. Mitchell and 53-year-old Leonard D. Zimmerman, who both had been shot. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.


After an investigation, Dawson J. Mitchell was arrested the next day. He was arrested on two counts of first-degree murder, for theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and unlawful possession of controlled substances. He was then booked into the Bourbon County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.

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