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The St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department has one man in custody after a domestic dispute reportedly ended in a young man’s death.

St. Francois County Lt. Greg Armstrong said charges have been filed against Clinton Wheeler, 49, of Park Hills, who is accused of shooting his 22-year-old son-in-law, Christopher Goodman.

Charges were filed with the St. Francois County Prosecutor's Office late Sunday afternoon and Wheeler is being charged with a class A felony of murder in the first degree with no bond.

The shooting occurred at 11:20 p.m. Saturday night in the 1600 block of Ellis Rd. in St. Francois County.

The ambulance district pronounced Goodman dead at the scene and transported another man to Mercy Hospital-Jefferson by county ambulance.

St. Francois County Ambulance Director David Tetrault said a friend of the family who tried to stop the shooting was injured.

“It went through his hand before it hit the young man who died. He was shot with a 9 mm gun in the chest/abdomen area with no exit wound,” said Tetrault. “A 9 mm is a high velocity bullet and he assumes that since it went through the first guy’s hand, it was slowed down a little bit and stopped it from exiting the other man.”

Tetrault said the man shot in the hand was stable, but taken to the hospital.

According to police radio traffic, a woman called 911 reporting that her father shot her husband as they were having an argument.

This is a developing story and the Daily Journal will bring details as they become available.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or



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