AG closes Chesterfield shooting case: Shooter is now dead
Whether or not Farr shot McAuley in self-defense, as he claimed, or not remains undermined, since Farr died in a car crash in 2013, assistant attorney general Peter Hinckley said Thursday.
Investigators carried on the investigation long after the May 2013 car crash because they wanted to provide the victim's family with as many answers as possible, Hinckley said.
Investigators have concluded that there was no other shooter and no other witnesses in the shooting.
In the report, the Attorney General's Office did release more details about the investigation.
According to the report, around 1 p.m. April 14, 2012, Hinsdale police received a call from Farr's mother, Monica Burdette, who reported she could not find her son, and that he was "upset," so police searched for him.
Then just before 2:30 p.m. that day, Chesterfield police went to North Hinsdale Road in response to a 911 call. The cellular reception of the location the call was coming from was "spotty,? and the 911 call was lost. The information gathered before the call was cut off, though, was that a man had been shot."
Based on the call, a Chesterfield police officer went to the area of North Hinsdale Road and found Farr, his mother and Farr's fiancée, Erin Brault, in a vehicle.
Burdette and Brault said they found Farr on North Hinsdale Road. He had a gunshot wound to his shoulder, was crying and was visibly upset, according to the report.
Farr told police, "there was another guy in the woods," who Farr had shot and killed.
Farr was hospitalized with a gunshot wound. McAuley was 39 years old, Farr was 30 years old, and both were Hinsdale residents.
Farr was the focus of the investigation, the report said. ?Although the suspect admitted to shooting the victim, the suspect provided an account of events that, although implausible, warranted further investigation as to the validity of his claim of self-defense.
An arrest was never made. Given the lack of apparent eyewitnesses to the shooting incident and the events that precipitated and motivated it, further investigation occurred to develop the connection and relationship between the suspect and victim, to establish how and why they came to be in the area of North Hinsdale Road where the shooting incident occurred, and to locate any initially unknown material witnesses, the report said.
Without the suspect and his fiancée, who was a material witness, investigators continued to follow up on the case trying to determine what happened between Farr and McAuley, to verify there were no other material witnesses to what happened between the two and that there was no one else present when Farr shot and killed McAuley.
Those efforts recently concluded and without any other leads it was decided to close the case, Hinckley said.