Plattsburg Man Charged with Killing Son, Shooting Wife

Published 01/25 2012 01:40PM

Updated 01/25 2012 09:15PM

(PLATTSBURG, Mo) A Clinton County man has been charged with murder, assault and armed criminal action following a shooting in Plattsburg.

Clinton County Prosecutor Bill Burris charged Richard D. Vardy, 56, Wednesday in the shooting that resulted in the death of his son.

Vardy's son is identified as Richard J. Vardy, 28. 

According to court documents, Mr. Vardy shot at his son with a Taurus .357 Magnum revolver during a family argument.

The bullet first hit Mr. Vardy's wife Mary in the head, then struck his son in the chest, killing him.

Mary Vardy survived but is in intensive care at Liberty Hospital.

The shooting happened at a home in rural Plattsburg off Highway Y Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m.

The Clinton County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol were on the scene Tuesday night investigating after they received a 911 call about the family argument.

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