Franklin County, MO (KSDK) - Charges have been filed against a St. Louis man who police say got involved in possible road rage before firing gunshots, ending in a standoff. Xavier Minden, 18, is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $250,000 cash-only bond.
The family man, who lives in the 400 block of Highway W in Stanton, was driving on Highway W Monday night when he pulled up behind Minden, who was said to driving excessively slow. Authorities say Minden pulled to the side of the road to let the victim pass.
When the victim pulled into his driveway off of Highway W, authorities say Minden fired a gun at the man's car. And this father had two small children in the backseat.
"There were two child seats in the back. One of the rounds came within three to four inches of that seat, the other split the two seats," said Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke.
Sheriff Toelke says the homeowner put his kids inside the house, grabbed a handgun. He talked to his neighbor who grabbed a shotgun. Authorities say Minden came back by the house firing gunshots again. That's when the victim and the neighbor fired back, exchanging gunfire. No one was hurt.
Trying to hide from police, Minden sought to hideout in Meramec Cavers. He entered this house where the motel's caretaker was sleeping. Her employer says the woman was extremely shaken by the intruder.
"She had been awoken by the helicopter, got out of bed. And was looking out the window when she turned around and saw the suspect in her living room," said Lester Turilli Jr., Vice President of Meramec Caverns.
The standoff with authorities lasted 30 minutes ending peacefully. Minden faces a list of charges. As for the men who grabbed their guns before firing back, Sheriff Toelke says that will be up to the prosecutor who is reviewing the case.
"Based on the information we have right now, it looks like they were acting in self defense" said Toelke. "You have the right to use force to defend your home."