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Fatal Phelps shooting victim identified, shooter reports self-defense

The man who died in a Phelps County shooting has been identified. (File)

The shooting victim in a fatal Phelps County incident has been identified as a 39-year-old Rolla man.

According to a release from the Phelps County Sheriff's Department, William Lee Dale died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Deputies had responded to a location in the 10000 block of County Road 2080 Tuesday at 1:15 a.m. in reference to a shooting incident. The reporting party told deputies Dale had unlawfully entered the residence and assaulted a male subject.

The party indicated they feared for their life and used lethal force.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Phelps County Sheriff's Department continued to investigate the incident.

Anyone having any information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Detective Boshoff at (573) 426-3860 or you can remain anonymous by calling the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department Confidential Tip Line at (573) 426-2936.

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