Double homicide discovered in Fort Scott, Kan. KBI detain person of interest

Joplin News

The victim’s son, Dawson J. Mitchell, 23, is a person of interest connected to the murders of Melissa Mitchell and Leonard Zimmerman.

***SUBJECT WAS LOCATED, ARRESTED AROUND 1:00 PM WEDNESDAY***

BOURBON COUNTY, Kan. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), and the Fort Scott Police Department are investigating after two victims were found shot in their Fort Scott home on Tuesday night.

About 7:40 p.m. Tues. the Fort Scott Police Department received a 911 call from a subject who came home to find a female family member had been shot. When police arrived at 402 Main St. in Fort Scott, they located 48-year-old Melissa L. Mitchell who had died from a gunshot wound.

They also discovered 53-year-old Leonard D. Zimmerman deceased inside the residence. Both victims were pronounced at the scene.

The victim’s son, Dawson J. Mitchell, 23, of Fort Scott, is a person of interest he was wanted for questioning connected to the murders of Melissa Mitchell and Leonard Zimmerman.

Mitchell was arrested at approximately 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, near the intersection of 5th St. and Judson St. in Fort Scott.

  • He was arrested for:
  • Theft of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
  • Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances

He was booked into the Bourbon County Jail. 

Currently, Mitchell has not been charged related to the murders the KBI state in a media release. They are assisting the Fort Scott Police Dept.

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