A 57-year-old Eldon man has been charged with first-degree murder after officers from several Mid-Missouri law enforcement agencies and Missouri Highway Patrol SWAT responded to a hostage situation Sept. 5 inside a home near the Lake of the Ozarks.
Terry E. Ewens is also charged with first-degree domestic assault, first-degree degree burglary, two counts of first-degree kidnapping and unlawful use of a weapon.
Miller County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a home on Emery Road in Rocky Mount after a 911 call reporting a man inside the home was armed and threatening to kill a woman, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
Deputies entered the home through an open door to look for possible victims and encountered Ewens who allegedly was armed with a gun and threatening to shoot the deputies.
No shots were fired by anyone, but as the deputies took cover, they found an unconscious 71-year-old woman and carried her outside. She was later pronounced dead.
A second woman, 51, was able to escape through a garage.
Further investigation revealed an 83-year-old man was still inside the home with the suspect.
More officers from the Miller County Sheriff's Office, Lake Ozark Police Department, Camden County Sheriff's Office and Missouri Highway Patrol responded to assist and establish a perimeter on land and water around the home.
Highway Patrol SWAT officers from Troop F and crisis intervention negotiators also responded. The negotiators made contact with Ewens by phone and "heard indications" the elderly man inside the home was being assaulted.
SWAT officers entered the home, confirmed Ewens was actively assaulting the victim and "used physical force to take him into custody."
The elderly victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Ewens had minor injuries.
Officers found several guns in the home.
All the victims are related, and Ewens is a family acquaintance.