ARCADIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities responded to a domestic dispute on Sunday. They found a man's body in a burning southeast Kansas home.
The cause of death for 29-year-old Justin Schmitz of Arcadia was not immediately known. The Crawford County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that he also had sustained a gunshot wound.
His wife, Amber, told authorities she called her mother and asked for a ride after arguing with her husband. She was leaving the home early Sunday when he came outside and opened fire, striking the vehicle three times. Neither mother nor daughter were injured.
Deputies noticed smoke coming from the home while setting up a perimeter. After making repeated and unsuccessful attempts to contact Justin Schmitz, they entered the home and found his body.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Joplin Globe reports that Horton says he believes Schmitz started the fire but would not release any other details about the death.
The sheriff's office says 31-year-old Amber Schmitz reported early Sunday that she and her husband were arguing. She told officers her husband shot at her car as she left with her mother, but neither woman was injured.
Deputies set up a perimeter around the house when they noticed smoke, went inside and found the body.