updated: Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 12:30pm 

CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP)- Police say a 57-year-old Cahokia man shot and killed his wife and wounded his son before fleeing to Missouri.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports (http://tinyurl.com/9zr3upp ) that Ovie Sumpter is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, 53-year-old Tina Sumpter.  He’s also charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm for allegedly shooting his 23-year-old son, Jason Sumpter.

Cahokia police called to the home around 5 a.m. Saturday found Tina Sumpter with a gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jason Sumpter was at a neighbor’s house and told police he believed his father was headed for Missouri. Ovie Sumpter was stopped and arrested a short time later by police in Pevely, Mo.

Police haven’t commented on a possible motive.

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our earlier story:

Cahokia, IL (KMOX)–A Cahokia woman is dead and her son is wounded following a shooting Saturday morning.  Cahokia police say they responded to a shooting call in the 500 Block of Cooper Drive.  There they found Jason J. Sumpter, who told them he had been shot and so had his mother.  Police then found Tina M. Sumpter dead from a gunshot wound to the head.  Jason Sumpter was treated for his injuries.  The Illinois State Police Crime Scene Unit and the Cahokia Police Department continue to investigate.


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