Police search for gunman after wife injured and father-in-law dead in shooting at Fenton home

James Kempf

FENTON, Mo. – Police are searching for a gunman after an hours-long standoff ended with a man dead and a woman injured in Fenton.  James Kempf, 45, faces charges for murder, assault, and armed criminal action.  The woman he shot is his wife.  Her father died after trying to intervene in the struggle.

St. Louis County police responded to a house on Charity Court around 6:00 p.m. When they arrived, a woman was found shot in the leg.  She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threating injuries.

Police believe that Kempf barricaded himself inside the home.   They tried to contact and negotiate with him for several hours. But communication was never established. Further investigation reveals that the suspect had already fled the scene.

Police were able to access the home early Friday morning. That is when they found the second shooting victim dead.  That victim has been identified as the woman’s father.  They say he was trying to intervene in a struggle between Kempf and his wife.   The father was found with a gunshot wound to the head.  Investigators believe that Kemf fled the scene after shooting the woman’s father in the head.

Call police if you have any information about Kempf’s location.  Do not attempt to contact him. St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons is leading the investigation. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.


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