Police: Man Kills Former Father-in-Law, Turns Gun On Self

One man is dead and another is in critical condition following a shooting at a Fort Smith home Thursday morning.

Police said Mike Underwood, 47, shot and killed his ex-wife’s father before turning the gun on himself in a murder-suicide attempt. Underwood survived, though, and was airlifted to a Little Rock hospital in critical condition after being transported to a Fort Smith hospital.

Michale Schook, 63, was declared dead by responding medical crews.

The shooting occurred about 6 a.m. at 2000 S. 70th St., according to Fort Smith Police Capt. Jarrard Copeland.

Underwood suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Copeland said.

Investigators said they believe Underwood’s ex-wife, Angela, was living with her father at the time of the shooting. Copeland said there had been an ongoing problem between the Shook’s daughter and Underwood. Earlier this month, Angela had submitted an online request for extra patrol at the home on S. 70th, authorities said.

On Monday (June 10) a protection order was issued and was to be served on Underwood, according to police.

A Fort Smith officer patrolling the area noticed Underwood’s vehicle at the house and stopped Thursday morning, officials said. There were no active warrants out for the man, but a Sebastian County deputy told the officer there was an outstanding order of protection against Underwood, Copeland said.

When authorities went into the home they found the Shook dead and Underwood wounded, according to Sgt. Daniel Grubbs.

Angela was not at the home at the time of the shooting, according to police.

Police reports show on June 6, Angela spoke with an officer in reference to continued harassment from Underwood. The responding officer took the initial report, listing potential charges of domestic assault and possession of a firearm. After that she went to the Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to seek a warrant and request an order of protection, police said.

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