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A Missouri Man Dared His Wife to Shoot Him, So She Did, Cops Say

Woman Accused of Killing Husband After He Dares Her to 'Shoot Me'
Source: Clay County Sheriff’s Office; Unsplash

Melissa Hoffner-Allen reportedly admitted to police that she shot and killed her husband, officers said.

Jun. 25 2024, Published 12:02 p.m. ET

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A Missouri woman has been arrested after she allegedly fatally shot her husband and then called 911 and admitted to the crime, authorities said.

On June 18, Melissa Hoffner-Allen, 48, called 911 and told dispatchers that she shot her husband in the chest, according to a probable cause statement obtained by WDAF-TV.

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Deputies responded to the couple's home in Kearney and found the victim, 50-year-old Ricky Allen, dead from a gunshot wound.

Police said they found a spent shell casing on the staircase as well as several firearms in the house.

Detectives said they also located a “defect in the drywall indicating that a possible disturbance occurred due to particles of drywall having fallen to the ground resting on top of animal hair and animal food.”

Officer spoke with Hoffner-Allen, who alleged her husband was “mad at her and choked her.” She then allegedly grabbed a gun from upstairs, and he told her multiple times to “shoot me,” which she eventually did, according to police.

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Hoffner-Allen allegedly used a firearm the victim had recently purchased, officials said.

Investigators reportedly were processing the scene and taking photographs when they noticed bruising on Hoffner-Allen’s arms.

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Police said Hoffner-Allen was wearing a tight dress at the time of the shooting, so she “could not have had the firearm on her person and had to separate herself from Mr. Allen and return.”

Hoffner Allen was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action, officials said.

She was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and was being held on a $250,000 bond.


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