BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Prosecutors say a Blue Springs man shot and killed his cousin early Thursday morning.

Jeffery A. Ultican, 64, is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Gregory D. Ultican.

Court records show police responded to a shooting at a house near Southwest 17th and Southwest McArthur streets around 3:45 a.m. Thursday.

According to charging documents, a witness told investigators Jeffery Ultican shot Gregory Ultican. Police found Gregory Ultican suffering from a gunshot wound; he later died at a local hospital.

Investigators searched the house and found a loaded weapon and a small amount of methamphetamine.

The court documents show witnesses said Jeffery Ultican and his cousin had been using drugs and were high the night of the shooting. One of the witnesses also confessed that Jeffery Ultican’s mental state had been declining.

During a police interview, Jeffery said he used the gun to shoot at prowlers who were trying to steal the motor from the boat parked in his driveway. A news release from the prosecutor’s office said the two men had been arguing, but there’s no information in the charging documents to support that.

Jeffery then told investigators that his cousin shot himself, but detectives said evidence doesn’t support his claim.

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