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Father Shoots Son Who Was Under Influence of Methamphetamine And Attacking His Mother

November 15, 2016

VANZANT, Mo. – A Douglas County man is hospitalized and in surgery today at a Springfield hospital after he was shot in the chest by his father Sunday night.

Douglas County Sheriff Chris DeGase said the son was under the influence of methamphetamine when he went his parents’ home and began assaulting his mother. His father had tried to calm him down, the sheriff said, but the son would not back off and then armed himself with a deer rifle.

When the younger man resumed his physical assault on his mother, the father was able to get to a pistol he kept at the home and shot his son in the chest, DeGase said. The father then called 911 and administered first aid to help control bleeding until medical personnel arrived.

The couple are in their early 60s and live in a rural area near Vanzant in northeastern Douglas County.

Their son has a long history of contact with law enforcement related to drug use and violent outbursts, the sheriff said. A woman who came to the house with the son was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and was arrested at the scene.

[UPDATE] The Douglas County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has issued a warrant for 35-year-old Shelsie Sartor.

A press release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reveals Sarter, the female arrested at the scene of last night’s shooting in Douglas County, was taken into custody and has been placed on a 24-hour investigational hold.

Sarter has been charged with a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Misdemeanor Class A Possession of up to 35gm of Marijuana, and Misdemeanor Class A Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia – which carries a bond of $15,000 with 10% cash or surety with CPS supervision and drug testing upon placing bond.

As of yet, no other charges have been made within the investigation concerning others involved in the domestic dispute.