Man charged with shooting Francis Howell school teacher

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WELDON SPRING, Mo. _A Winfield man has been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action after a Francis Howell High School teacher was shot while jogging on a trail.

Joshua R. Curtis, 35, was charged Friday. He is being held on $500,000 bail and does not have an attorney.

The 36-year-old male teacher was jogging on a conservation area trail after school Wednesday when he crossed paths with Curtis, who fired shots with a handgun. The teacher was struck once in the back.

A passer-by found the teacher and drove him to the school. He was treated and released from a hospital.

Police in the air spotted a tent in the woods Thursday, prompting a school lockdown. Curtis was taken into custody soon thereafter.

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