Shooting victim bled to death Wrinkle said the case is being investigated as a homicide

From LDR Staff

A Lynchburg area man who was shot in the abdomen Monday night bled to death, an autopsy revealed Tuesday evening.

The sheriff’s investigation continues into the shooting death of Christopher W. Bernelis of Violet Drive.

“He was shot with a .32-caliber semiautomatic in the abdominal area, and died as a result of blood loss,” Laclede County Sheriff Richard Wrinkle said today.

The shooting apparently happened during a domestic dispute which occurred both inside and outside the home. It appears as if Bernelis was armed with a shotgun, and his wife was armed with the handgun. There’s no indication anyone else was there, the sheriff said.

The shotgun had been fired at least once, and the .32 was fired at least four times, Wrinkle said. Bernelis was struck by one round from the handgun. Whether the other rounds from either weapon were aimed at the man or his wife is still being investigated, Wrinkle said.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the case as a homicide, but it will be up to the Prosecuting Attorney’s office to determine what charges, if any, will be filed against the man’s wife.

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<p>Former Laclede County Sheriff Richard Wrinkle</p>

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