A Jefferson City man was being held by authorities, accused of fatally shooting his wife who is a Houston High School graduate in a restaurant there Friday night.
According to police reports, Keith Kellner, 47, was being held in the Cole County Jail on one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action.
At about 8:15 p.m. Friday, the Jefferson City Police Communications Center began receiving numerous calls of a shooting at McDonald’s, located at 1918 Jefferson St. Officers responded to the scene and found that the victim, Pamela M. Canterbury Kellner, 44, of Jefferson City and a 1984 graduate of Houston High School, had been shot once in the chest. Officers began lifesaving efforts and EMS responded.
Witnesses said the shooter, identified as the husband, had been speaking with her in a booth at McDonald’s when one shot from a handgun was heard. Pamela Kellner grabbed her chest and asked for police assistance, saying she had been shot, witnesses said.
The husband then ran from the business toward U.S. 54. A short time later, he called 911 to let police know where he was, across the highway on Christy Drive.
Police in that area were able to locate Keith and take him into custody without incident. He was transported to the police department for questioning. No one else was injured during the shooting.
Pamela Kellner, who was employed part-time by McDonald’s, was taken to Capital Region Medical Center where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
The couple recently separated, authorities said.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Faith Fellowship west of Houston. A visitation is 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday.