St. Louis-area father describes fight before sons shooting death -

St. Louis-area father describes fight before sons shooting death

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

FRANKFORD, Mo. (AP) -- A 45-year-old suburban St. Louis man accused of shooting his adult son to death in rural Pike County 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 at a home located between Frankford and Bowling Green last Saturday night.

The Quincy Herald-Whig ( ) reported Wednesday that Phillips said he first fired a warning shot that didn’t dissuade his son from advancing as they fought on the front porch.

A probable cause statement said witnesses reported Chisholm arguing with his girlfriend before allegedly striking her in the face with his head. While attempting to leave, he then knocked his mother to the ground as she tried to prevent her son from driving after he had been drinking, witnesses said.

Chisholm and his father then began to argue, according to the probable cause statement.

“If I see you at home, I will shoot you,” Phillips yelled as his son attempted to drive away, witnesses said.

Chisholm reportedly damaged both his car and another vehicle while leaving. He was shot after he returned to the home to retrieve his shoes.

Witnesses said shortly after Chisholm quit knocking on the front door, they heard two gunshots come from the porch. Chisholm’s mother told deputies that after hearing the first shot, she saw her son and Phillips struggling on the porch.

Phillips told the Pike County deputy that he tried prevent Chisholm from getting to the door but was pushed down as he attempted to retrieve one of four handguns found on the porch, along with a shotgun and rifle.

“What can I say? He came at me, so I had to shoot him,” Phillips told the first officer who responded to the scene. “I didn’t want to, but I had no other choice.”

Phillips was jailed on a $200,000, cash-only bond and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning. Online court records did not list an attorney on his behalf.



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