Charles Crow

A Franklin County man accused of shooting his son in the chest during an argument Friday night is in custody in the county jail on felony charges.

Charles Crow, 66, remains jailed on a $100,000 cash-only bond. He is charged with one count of first-degree assault and one count of armed criminal action in the incident in which his son, Nathaniel Crow, 39, was wounded.

Authorities said Monday that Nathaniel Crow was in stable condition at Mercy Hospital St. Louis and is expected to survive.

Franklin County Detective Lt. Chuck Subke, head of the detective bureau, said Nathaniel Crow was shot with a revolver that fires both .45 caliber bullets and .410-gauge shotgun shells.

Nathaniel Crow was shot with a .410 shell containing birdshot, according to Sheriff Gary Toelke.

The shooting occurred about 6 p.m. at the father’s home off of Reiker Ford Road between St. Clair and Union.

Authorities said Nathaniel Crow had gone to his father’s home and said that he wanted to take a car. The father refused to let him have the car, then went outside and blocked the road leading to the house with a tractor.

The two continued arguing inside the house, Subke said, and the dispute escalated, moving from the living room to the father’s bedroom.

At one point, Nathaniel Crow’s mother attempted to separate the two and the son pushed his mother away.

“When that happened, the father apparently felt intimidated and grabbed the gun off the bed,” Subke told The Missourian. “The son then moved toward him and that’s when the dad fired the shot, striking the son in the chest.”

Subke said the two then wrestled for the gun and it went off a second time with the shot striking the ceiling.

The mother then took her son into another bedroom and administered first aid and called 911, Subke said.

The son was transported from the scene by ambulance to a spot where an air ambulance could land and take him to the hospital.

Subke said prosecutors planned to review reports and determine how to proceed with the case.