PIKE COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - A 45-year-old Pike County, Mo. man is accused of murder after his son was shot to death.
Michael Lee Phillips is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Police say they received a call shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday from a female who said her brother had been shot by her father at "Berns Farm." She said the victim, identified as Jeffrey Chisholm, was breathing and that his mother and girlfriend were attempting CPR.
The female told the dispatcher Phillips is her dad, and he shot Chisholm when Chisholm tried to run him over with a car.had tried to run Phillips, her dad, over with a car, so Phillips shot him.
When officers arrived at the home in the 11000 block of Pike 52, Chisholm was unresponsive. He was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead. He had been shot at the base of his neck/upper chest region.
Phillips was taken into custody at the scene. Four handguns were found on the front porch. One of those guns, a semi-automatic Springfield XD-M, chambered in .40 S&W, was located in a rocking chair near Chisholm's body. The other three handguns were in another location on the porch. Two longs guns, a shotgun, and a rifle were also nearby.
Witnesses told police Chisholm and his girlfriend had been arguing on the front porch, which escalated when he head butted her in the face.
Chisholm's mother came outside and told him to leave and calm down. He got into his car to leave, but his mother changed his mind because she noticed he had been drinking. The two started to struggle, and his mother was knocked to the ground.
Phillips then came outside and started struggling with Chisholm. Police say they were separated when Chisholm got into his car. Phillips allegedly walked up to the car window and told Chisholm "If I see you at home, I will shoot you."
Chisholm then backed up the vehicle before allegedly driving toward Philips. Instead of hitting Phillips, Chisholm struck a Ford Explorer next to Phillips, pulling off the front bumper of his car. He then pulled out of the driveway and onto Pike 52 before turning around and coming back to the home.
When Chisholm got out of his vehicle, his girlfriend and sister ran inside the home and locked the door. Chisholm started to bang on the door and yell that he wanted his shoes, so his girlfriend threw them out the back door.
A short time later two gunshots could be heard from near the front of the house.
Chisholm's mother came to the front of the house after hearing the first shot and saw Chisholm and Phillips struggling on the front porch. She told police she saw a hole in Chisholm's back with blood pouring out of it. She said she saw a muzzle flash near the right side of Chisholm's body and heard him yelling he had been shot.
Police say Chisholm's mother said ran over to him and grabbed the gun from Phillips, telling him to "let go of the gun." She said she took the gun away and started CPR on Chisholm.
During an interview with police, Phillips said when Chisholm started to bang on the door yelling for his shoes, he felt Chisholm was trying to force his way inside the home. He said he came around to the front porch and showed his weapon to Chisholm, who asked Phillips if he was going to shoot him.
Phillips told police he fired a warning shot, and as he tried to run away, Chisholm started to struggle with him. Phillips says he was still holding the gun when it went off a second time.
One officer said Phillips told him at the scene "What can I say, he came at me so I had to shoot him. I didn't want to, but I had no other choice."