FRANKFORD, Mo. (AP) - A 45-year-old suburban St. Louis man accused of shooting his adult son to death told a northeast Missouri deputy that "he had no other choice."
Michael Lee Phillips of St. John is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action after the shooting death of 22-year-old Jeff Chisholm in rural Pike County last Saturday night.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that Phillips said he first fired a warning shot that didn't dissuade his son from advancing as they fought.
A probable cause statement says witnesses reported Chisholm arguing with his girlfriend and then his mother as she tried to prevent her son from driving after he had been drinking.
Phillips was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning. Online court records do not list an attorney on his behalf.
STEELVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri murder case will hinge on claims of self-defense and whether a property owner had the right to shoot a canoer who may have intruded on his land.
James Crocker had grown weary of the people encroaching on his property along the Meramec River. A nasty confrontation in July ended when Crocker allegedly shot and killed Paul Dart Jr., who was on a canoe trip.
Defense attorney Michael Bert says Crocker is covered by the state's castle doctrine, which allows the use of deadly force to protect property. Bert says Crocker also felt his life was in danger.
Prosecutors cited witnesses who said Crocker flew into a rage and opened fire after a man relieved himself near his yard. He has been charged with second-degree murder.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man was killed and a woman wounded by shots fired from a vehicle that was chasing other vehicles.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the shooting happened early Saturday. Police identified the man who was killed as Desmond Adair of St. Louis.
Police say the suspect was in a vehicle that chased two vehicles through city streets. The vehicle in which Adair was riding struck a pole. Occupants in the second vehicle that was being fired upon stopped and pulled Adair out. They took him to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A 23-year-old woman in the second vehicle was shot in the arm. She was listed in stable condition at an area hospital.
A woman is in critical condition after being shot in the head.
Police say the woman was in a car with three other people around 10:45 last night when a car pulled alongside them and someone opened fire. The woman was hit in the head and rushed to the hospital. Officers say there was a baby in the car when the shooting occurred.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
One man in custody after a violent weekend in St. Louis.
Darryl Sain is charged for allegedly shooting at four people near at midtown gas station. Police say Sain saw the people sitting on his car at the gas station and asked them to move. They did not move and a the confrontation escalated. That is when Sain allegedly grabbed a gun from the car and shot into the group.
One person was hit in the calf. Three other men took themselves to the hospital with gunshot wounds. All victims are expected to recover. Sain returned to the scene of the shooting and turned himself in.
He is being held in custody on a $30,000 cash bond.
Police have identified the suspect in custody connected to the murder of a gas station owner.
Police say 28-year-old Justin Williams admitted to shooting Irshad Kahn over the weekend. Williams was captured on surveillance video, but police could not find him.
After the footage was released to the press police say they received over a dozen tips that led them to Williams. He was staying at a house in St. Louis city.
Williams is charged with first degree murder, armed criminal actions, and two other felonies. He is held on $1 million bond.
Police believe a man shot to death in the St. Clair County Courthouse Monday afternoon took his own life.
St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson says it happened on the fourth floor of the parking garage about 4:30 p.m.
Police haven't released the man's name pending notification of family, but say he was 25-30 years old and had addresses in both Belleville and Caseyville, Illinois.
Watson says the man had not gone to the courthouse but to the probation office on the other side of the garage.
Sheriff's deputies and Belleville police had initially closed down the garage thinking there might be a gunman still lurking. It reopened about an hour later.
Police have identified the man shot and killed this morning in North St. Louis.
Police received a call about a shooting just after 8 AM. When officers arrived they found 45-year-old Sean Jackson with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No information on any suspects or a motive for the shooting.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) - Newly released surveillance photos show former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez holding what authorities say appears to be a gun, shortly after his friend was shot to death.
The photos taken from Hernandez's home surveillance system are contained in more than 100 pages of court records released Thursday.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez's home.
An affidavit says the pictures show Hernandez in his basement holding a gun not long after Lloyd was killed. The surveillance was cut off within minutes.
Other photos show what authorities say is Hernandez in his living room before Lloyd's killing also holding what they believe is a gun.
Police say Lloyd was killed with a .45 caliber gun, but it has not been recovered.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Just two weeks after 9-year-old Tyrese Short was shot to death in St. Louis, his family has apparently been targeted again.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that two people were shot Tuesday night in a spray of gunfire at the family's home. One of the two remains hospitalized. Family members say they have no enemies and don't know why they are being targeted.
Tyrese was riding in his father's sport utility vehicle on July 10 when someone shot into the rear window. Tyrese was struck in the back of the head and killed. His father and two of his father's cousins also in the SUV were not hurt.