Friday night, Lincoln County deputies responded to shots fired outside Casey’s in Elsberry. According to witnesses, 49-year-old Matthew Ripple, of Clarksville, shot his assault rifle twice outside the store and then entered the store with his rifle causing a peace disturbance.
Per witness statements, store employees and customers feared for their life while Ripple yelled and knocked over store merchandise. There was a 14-year-old male victim with Ripple during the incident. The victim told investigators Ripple ran out of his residence in Clarksville, saying people were trying to kill both of them.
Cell phone video showed the victim trying to calm Ripple down when he pushed him and told him to look outside for the people trying to kill them.
Deputies took Ripple into custody without incident.
Prosecutors charged Ripple with Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Exhibiting and First Degree Endangerment of a Child. Ripple is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail. Honorable Judge Gregory Allsberry set bond at $100,000 cash only with no contact with the victim or with his wife. Other conditions of bond may apply.