WILDWOOD, Mo. – Two men are dead after what police are calling a “probable murder/suicide” late Tuesday night in the parking lot of a Wildwood bar.
A spokesperson for the St. Louis County Police Department says the incident happened outside Larry’s Tavern in the 16800 block of Manchester Road at about 11:35 p.m.
Chelby Burkhart, the manager of Larry’s Tavern, says it has been a fixture in the community since 1970 and is normally a very upbeat, happy place. She says everyone is shocked and devastated by what’s happened.
Police identified the shooter as 51-year-old Darren Jaycox of Wildwood and the victim as 40-year-old Jason Skiles of Hillsboro.
Burkhart says the shooter has been in the bar a few times and never caused any problems. Burkhart says surveillance video shows the shooter with the victim in the tavern victim last night. They look like they are having a good time.
You can see Jaycox motioning for Skiles to come outside to the parking lot in the surveillance video. Things then escalate between the two. It seems that heated words were exchanged.
The video then shows Skiles being shot once. Jaycox then paces around and then ducks behind some trucks where another shooting occurred. Police believe that he shot himself. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
Burkhart says they plan to open the bar today and move forward with their tavern family.
County police have not released any details about whether the two men knew each other. It’s also unclear what the altercation between the two men was about.
FOX 2 will continue to update this story with more information as it becomes available.
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