Man Fatally Shot After Argument Along Meramec River

STEELVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) —The man killed during a dispute on the Meramec River over the weekend has been identified as a Franklin County resident.

48-year-old Paul Dart Jr. was taking part in a float trip near Steelville Saturday afternoon when he and several others got into a dispute with a nearby homeowner about whether they were standing on private or public property.

The landowner then reportedly pulled out a gun and fired several shots, striking Dart in the head.

Police say the suspected shooter, 59-year-old James Crocker, then went to a neighbor’s home and asked her to call 911 because he had just shot someone.

Crocker’s jailed on 2nd-Degree Murder charges.

Dart’s widow says he was on his annual float trip with about 50 others.

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