Joplin Man Charged in Death of MSSU Coach

Joplin Man Charged in Death of MSSU Coach

A Joplin man is charged with murder after a late night shooting at the movie theater leaves a man dead.

JOPLIN --- The Jasper County Prosecutor's Office filed charges against 39-year-old Jeffery Bruner early this morning. Warrants were issued for Class A Felony Murder and Armed Criminal Action. Bruner remains in custody at the Joplin City Jail without bond.

Police have also confirmed the identity of the victim.

Authorities say 37-year-old Derek Moore was the man killed after being shot in the parking lot of Regal Northstar 14 Movie Theater just before 10 p.m. last night.

Moore was the Offensive Line Coach at Missouri Southern University

"There was some type of relationship between the victim and the suspect. The extent of it at this time is still under investigation, but it was not a random occurrence. The victim and the suspect did know each other, there was a motive there, it was not a random occurrence," says Sgt. Ryan West, Joplin Police Departement.

Authorities have not released a motive and will continue investigations. At this time, officers say there were no other injuries at the shooting.

Four law enforcement agencies including including the Jasper County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol also responded to the theater and assisted with the initial call.

MSSU is in mourning in the wake of this tragedy, a sad time for the University's community. Coach Moore was in his first season as Offensive Line Coach with the Lions and his career spanned three decades.

Many people have told us he was an all-around great guy, always happy, and a big part of the team. We spoke with Interim President Dr. Alan Marble earlier this afternoon about how the MoSo family is handling the tragic loss of one of their own.

"Right now we have grief counselors in place and coming in to speak with players and coaches and you know faculty and staff members that knew him well. This morning we've been taking calls and emails and texts from people in the community saying we're here for you and that's very nice to know. We just move forward day by day and we'll get through this," MSSU Interim President, Dr. Alan Marble.

Moore leaves behind a 7-year-old son. A memorial service will be held this Monday at 4:30pm at the Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

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