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Wentzville man fatally shot son-in-law after returning from Rib Fest in St. Charles

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Police received a call for a shooting in the 30 block of Colonial Creek Court around 12:30 a.m. Police received a call for a shooting in the 30 block of Colonial Creek Court around 12:30 a.m.
WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A man allegedly shot his son-in-law after the latter became belligerent after leaving Rib Fest in St. Charles Sunday night, according to police.

Casey White, 38, of Troy, Missouri, was allegedly shot by his father-in-law, Thomas McGovern, 61, in the 30 block of Colonial Creek Court around 12:30 Monday morning.

According to police, McGovern called police and reported that he had shot White. When interviewed by police, McGovern allegedly said he was at Rib Fest in St. Charles where White was becoming increasingly intoxicated. McGovern said White was belligerent and threatened him, his wife and his daughter, who was married to White.

When the group was traveling back to Wentzville, White allegedly slapped McGovern's daughter and threatened to kill her and him.

As they were returning home, McGovern grabbed his Glock pistol from the glove box and placed it in a holster on his left hip. Since White did not want to ride in the same vehicle as his wife, McGovern said, he planned to drive him back to his Troy, Missouri home and McGovern's wife would drive her daughter home in a different vehicle.

According to McGovern, White became angry due to thinking he was safe enough to drive himself home and a confrontation began between the two men.

During the confrontation, White allegedly grabbed McGovern's wrist and stated he was going to kill him. McGovern told police that White did not have any weapons in his hands at the time of the threat.

"I would have never thought in a million years this would happen in my neighborhood," said Kim Murphy, who lives next door to the McGoverns. Murphy said she was up late watching television Saturday night when she heard a disturbance. Murphy said, "I heard voices outside, thought it was a group of kids or something. All the voices were muffled. And within five to ten minutes there was a loud noise."

Fearing for his life, McGovern un-holstered his pistol and shot White one time, killing him, police said.

During a second interview, McGovern allegedly retracted his initial self-defense justification and stated he was not in fear for his life but fired as an accident and could not explain why.

According to police, McGovern admitted to drinking a shared bottle of wine and a 27 ounce margarita during the afternoon. McGovern told police he stopped drinking before he arrived at the Rib Festival.

At roughly 3:50 Monday morning McGovern's blood alcohol content registered at .042 percent, police said.

McGovern is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. He is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
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