Person Of Interest Arrested In Deadly Delaware County Shooting


Thursday, October 6th 2011, 1:51 pm
By: News On 6


Craig Day and Staff Reports, News On 6

UPDATE: Joshua White, 35 and his wife, 28-year-old Micah White were arrested without incident in Missouri Thursday evening. 

The pair was picked up during a traffic stop in Southwest City, Missouri.  Both Joshua and Micah remain in the McDonald County jail, awaiting extradition back to Oklahoma. 

Thursday, Micah White was charged in Delaware County with being Accessory to Murder.  

JAY, Oklahoma -- The Delaware County Sheriff's Office has located a person of interest in a shooting Wednesday evening that left one person dead and another in an Arkansas hospital.

The shooting happened at the rural mobile home of 80-year-old David Alexander. 

When deputies arrived at the home, they found Alexander with a gunshot wound to his upper torso.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Also in the home, deputies found Alexander's son, Lonnie Alexander shot in the arm. He was flown by medical helicopter to a Fayetteville hospital.

The victim's family struggles to understand how something so terrible could happen here.

 "You hear of these things and you never expect it to hit home but it did," said Wayne Alexander, victims' brother.

Neighbor Jim Hines is just as shocked.

"It's just hard to comprehend something like this especially something like this so close to home," Hines said.

The suspected gunman, 35-year-old Josh White, faces first degree murder and shooting with intent to kill warrants. He's the victims' own grandson and the nephew of the second victim.

That makes it even harder for Wayne Alexander to comprehend.

"You wouldn't expect that from a jail breaker, or anything, much less his own grandson," Alexander said.

The OSBI is assisting with the case. White was picked up after investigators with the Delaware County Sheriff's office alerted surrounding law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout.

Family and friends remember David Alexander fondly.

"He was a good man, he was a hard working man and just a wonderful neighbor," Hines said.

"He was a peace loving man, and a hard worker and honest and square, and I think any of the neighbors you could talk to including this man here, would speak highly of him," Wayne Alexander said.

Wayne Alexander will remember those qualities most about his brothers' life as he tries to cope with the terrible loss and how tragically that life ended.

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