UPDATE 9/6, 3:32 P.M.:

A 27-year-old Monett man told police today that he emptied the magazine of his handgun into the body of his father after the older man attacked him in the driveway of their home.

Michael Creekmore said his father Robert Creekmore was abusive and had been all his life, but also admitted there were no direct threats to him immediately preceding the shooting that killed the elder Creekmore on Monday.

According to a probable cause statement in the case, Michael Creekmore said he shot his father 19 times from a distance of about four feet after the man tried to kick his feet out from under him and then punched him in the head.

He told investigators his father had acted belligerent and tried to start a fight. Officer noted in the statement there is an extensive history of abuse at the residence on 2nd Street in Monett.

Michael Creekmore said he didn’t remember all the details of the attack and that “everything happened so quickly.”

He told investigators that after the gun was empty he placed it on the hood of his car along with an extra fully loaded magazine and called 9-11.

Creekmore is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He is being held in Barry County without bond.


MONETT, Mo. — Monett officers arrested Michael Creekmore, 27, of Monett, in connection to a deadly shooting of a family member around 1 p.m. Monday.

When officers responded to a shots fired call around the 400 block of 2nd Street in Monett, they were then called to a specific address on that street to respond to a call about a person being shot. According to a press release from the police department, officers found Robert Creekmore, 50, dead from multiple gunshot wounds in front of his residence.

Michael Creekmore was arrested at the scene. A handgun was seized.

An investigation into what happened is underway. Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Monett Police Department at 417-235-4241 or make an anonymous phone call to Crime Stoppers at 1-888-635-8477.