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Former Center clerk identified as woman in officer-involved shooting

Posted: Jul. 11, 2019 12:01 am

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF

CENTER, Mo. -- Former Center City Clerk Tracey Ray was injured in an officer-involved shooting last week in Ralls County.

Center Mayor Dennis McMillen confirmed to The Herald-Whig's newsgathering partners at WGEM Wednesday that Ray was the woman injured in the shooting.

Also Wednesday Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway said that an audit team will meet city officials to launch an audit to review financial concerns and city operations under Ray.

Deputies with the Ralls County Sheriff's Department were dispatched about 11:25 p.m. July 2 to Spring Creek Lane east of Beaver Road on a report of a "distraught woman."

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the woman was armed and gunfire was exchanged between her and the deputies.

The woman was struck by gunfire and airlifted to an undisclosed St. Louis hospital. No update on Ray's condition has been made available.

Two deputies suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from an undisclosed hospital.

The investigation is being handled by the patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control. No additional information is expected to be released until next week.

Center's Board of Aldermen voted 4-0 last week to fire Ray after learning that state-mandated annual financial reports have not been filed for at least three years. The board then voted 4-0 to request a state audit of the city.

The city has accumulated $144,000 in fines from the state – a number that grows daily – and that it appears Missouri law does not allow the fines to be forgiven.

The request for the audit came after a complaint to the auditor's Whistleblower Hotline and an investigation by the Public Corruption and Fraud Division of the auditor's office.

"City officials in Center have requested this audit to get the facts about allegations of potential fraud and mismanagement," Galloway said. "That's exactly what my public corruption team will provide. Out independent audit will take a close look at city finances and operations to get answers for taxpayers."

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