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Lathrop man accused of fatally shooting his father, wounding his sister in Claycomo

Updated: 2014-01-26T02:35:57Z

Prosecutors on Saturday evening accused a 42-year-old Lathrop, Mo., man with murdering his father, a well-known Claycomo business owner and racing enthusiast, and injuring his sister.

The Clay County prosecutor charged Frank W. Littrell with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting Friday of Raymond L. Littrell and first-degree assault in the shooting of his sister. Frank Littrell also faces two felony counts of armed criminal action.

According to court documents, Frank Littrell had a falling out with his family, including a dispute over tools. He also was in the midst of a custody and child support dispute with his 10-year-old son’s mother and wouldn’t let the boy see his grandfather.

Frank Littrell allegedly called Claycomo City Hall shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, asking police to meet him at Clay County Engine Rebuilders at 46 E. U.S. 69 so he could retrieve some property. Court documents did not say whether police headed to the garage at that time.

Witnesses told police that prior to the shooting, Frank Littrell sped into the parking lot, got out of a car and grabbed a gun from a duffel bag in the back seat. He then walked toward Raymond Littrell, who tried to hit the gun away. Frank Littrell shot his father at least three times and shot his sister three times, the documents said.

Frank Littrell also pointed the gun at a brother, but the gun appeared to be empty. Littrell’s son and the boy’s mother witnessed the shooting, court documents said.

Frank Littrell left the scene and then turned himself in several hours later.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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