Deputy Chief Shawn Applegate told Fox 2/KPLR 11 he couldn’t comment on the case, except to say that it sounded worse than it actually was. It was not an intentional shooting, he said.
In any case, his wife, 46-year-old Nancy Applegate, remains in St. Charles County Jail Tuesday night, charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. A court document says she shot her husband in the leg at their St. Peters home Wednesday night.
The document says it happened after the couple had attended the Gun-N-Hoses charity event Wednesday night. The document says she was very intoxicated and admits to the shooting. It also says she gave various accounts of the incident and in one version of events, stated that her husband tried to strangle her.
The deputy chief is on medical leave and will have to clear physical and mental evaluations before returning to duty.
Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Chief Jeremy Ihler issued the following statement to Fox 2/KPLR 11:
“I was made aware of an employee-involved domestic violence situation last Wednesday into Thursday,” he said. “The employee was injured by a gunshot wound. That employee is currently out on medical leave. There are charges pending with St. Charles County against the assailant. The agency (Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department) will be conducting an administrative review of the incident to determine whether there is any fault on the employee in regard to the incident.”
Shawn Applegate is also a Major Case Squad commander.
He's been a police officer for more than 15 years, Ihler said.
Nancy Applegate is jailed on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
St. Peters police and the St. Charles County Prosecutor's Office refused interviews Tuesday.