Paris, Tex., Feb. 28 – Shortly after 8 o’clock this morning Dr. Ben F. McChristian, a well known physician, was shot and mortally wounded in the rear part of the Pullman Bar, at the southeast corner of the square. A double-barreled shotgun was the weapon used and two shots were fired. The first missed the mark, the charge striking the beer chest and side wall of the saloon. The deceased after the first shot started to run out at a side door opening on Clarksville street, when a second shot was fired, the charge taking effect in his right side and breast. After receiving the wound the deceased staggered out of the door and fell in a stairway. He was conveyed to his office, over Barry & Co.’s drug store, where he expired in a few minutes.
The gun with which the tragedy was enacted was loaded with duckshot and had been rented from a hardware dealer a few doors above the saloon about thirty minutes before the shooting.
A. W. McComas, a painter and carpenter, was placed under arrest on the scene by Officers Terry and Minton immediately after the shooting and was turned over to the county authorities. An inquest was held before Justice of the Peace Deweese this afternoon.