JOPLIN— Derek Moore, the assistant Missouri Southern State University football coach fatally shot Friday night outside a Joplin movie theater, died as a result of several gunshot wounds to his body, an autopsy revealed.
Lt. Matt Stewart with the Joplin Police Department said the suspect in the shooting, Jeffrey Bruner, was currently estranged from his wife. Bruner, Stewart said, confronted his estranged wife and Moore in the parking lot of the Joplin Northstar 14 Theater.
"Mr. Bruner then shot Mr. Moore," Stewart said in a prepared statement. "Mr. Moore fell to the ground and witnesses stated that Mr. Bruner fired more rounds after Mr. Moore was on the ground."
Stewart said Bruner then went to his car and placed his firearm inside. Witnesses then helped detain Bruner until law enforcement arrived. Bruner was taken into custody without further incident.
Bruner has been transferred to the Jasper County Jail, where he is being held without bond. He faces felony charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Moore was in his first year as an offensive line coach at MSSU. He leaves behind a 7-year-old son.
MSSU held a brief memorial service Monday. Those speaking at the service included Interim President Dr. Alan Marble, Head Football Coach Daryl Daye, and Athletics Director Jared Bruggeman.