SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield police who were called to investigate a home burglary instead found a man dead inside the house.
Officers responded Tuesday night to a 911 call about a burglary in progress. They arrived to find 31-year-old Curtis Payne dead of apparent gunshot wounds, although an autopsy is planned Thursday to determine the cause of death.
Lt. Stacey Parton told The Springfield News-Leader that Payne was not suspected of burglarizing the home.
Police are calling the death a "targeted act" and said they believe Payne had been staying at the home.
No arrests had been made by Wednesday afternoon.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com