Missouri Man Shoots His Adult Son in the Back for “Being Disrespectful & Wearing His Pants Too Low”

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A Missouri man shot his adult son in the back and told responding deputies that he did it because his son had been drinking all day, and was “acting disrespectful and wearing his pants too low.”

61-year-old Richard Phillips was arrested after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shots fired call at the home on Sunday and found Phillips standing on his porch. Deputies found his 26-year-old son and victim wounded at a neighbor’s house.

Phillips said that during an earlier confrontation with his son, he’d told him to leave and that his son flipped their table over. Phillips says that’s when he got his .38 caliber handgun and shot him.

The son is purported to have asked his father what happened, to which Phillips responded, “I shot you. That’s what happened,” before calling for an ambulance for his son.

The victim told police he and his father had been arguing when his dad grabbed his gun from his boot. He says he’d flipped over the kitchen table as a barricade, not in a tantrum.

The elder Phillips has been charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action.

He’s being held on a $500,000 cash-only bail.

 

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