Lincoln County man charged with shooting son

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Richard Phillips.

LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Lincoln County prosecutors charged a 61-year-old man for allegedly shooting his son during an argument.

According to a spokesperson for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting occurred Sunday, March 20 in the 6000 block of Copperhead Lane. Deputies responded to a domestic violence at the home.

Authorities took the homeowner, Richard Phillips, into custody and brought him to the sheriff’s office for questioning. Meanwhile, deputies found Phillips’ 26-year-old son at a neighbor’s house with a gunshot wound to his back. The son was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated. The wound is said to be non-life threatening.

Phillips told deputies his son had been drinking all day and was “acting disrespectful and wearing his pants too low.” Phillips said he asked his son to leave the house, but his son flipped the kitchen table over and began acting belligerent. Fearing for his safety, Phillips said he grabbed his .38 caliber handgun and shot his son.

Investigators spoke with Phillips’ son the next day while he was convalescing in the hospital to get his side of the story. The son told deputies his father shot him while they were arguing and that he flipped over the table to created a barricade after his father had started shooting.

Phillips was charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He remains jailed on $500,000 cash-only bond.

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