Sean Ramsey, 29, of Festus has been charged with second-degree murder and two other felonies in connection with what appeared to have been an attempted burglary this morning (Sept. 16) at a mobile home southwest of Festus that left one of the alleged burglars dead, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The man who lives in the mobile home shot at the alleged burglars, and one of them – Wayne Roam, 36, of House Springs – was killed.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said investigators believe Ramsey was one of two men who reportedly tried to get into the home in the 400 block of Sequoia Drive off Meyer Road but was not struck by the gunfire and ran away.
The Sheriff’s Office believes the homeowner and the men who approached his house knew each other, Bissell said.
According to the probable-cause statement in the case, the homeowner was awakened at about 1:40 a.m. this morning when someone knocked on his door. He went to the door and asked who was there and didn’t recognize the voice of the person who responded. The homeowner also said someone was shaking the doorknob and appeared to be trying to get inside the home.
The homeowner said he was frightened, got his revolver and held it next to him while opening the door. He said two men, who had on masks, were standing on the porch, and one of them reportedly reached inside and sprayed the homeowner with mace, the report said.
After that, the homeowner said he feared for his life, so he fired several rounds toward the men. The homeowner then called 911, and when deputies arrived a few minutes later, they found Roam lying on the porch, dead from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the report.
Shortly thereafter deputies noticed a Nisan SUV with two men inside driving away from the area and stopped it. Ramsey, who was a passenger in the vehicle, appeared to have blood spatter on his clothing, the report said.
Ramsey already was wanted for violating probation or parole, according to the report.
He was charged today with one count of second-degree murder, a class A felony punishable by 10 to 30 years or life in prison; one count of first-degree burglary, a class B felony that carries penalty of five to 15 years in prison; and one count of third-degree assault, a class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison.
The murder charge stems from someone dying during the commission of a felony, county authorities reported.
Ramsey is being held in the Jefferson County Jail today on no bond.
In addition to Ramsey, a 37-year-old man of Festus who was driving the Nissan was arrested, but as of this afternoon, no charges had been filed against him. The 37-year-old was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant, according to the report.
Investigators believe the homeowner was acting in self-defense and have not arrested him, and it does not appear the homeowner will face charges, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said.