Police identify suspect in fatal Claycomo shooting

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CLAYCOMO, Mo. — Charges have been filed against the suspect in a fatal shooting that took place on Friday.

Frank W. Littrell

Frank W. Littrell

On Saturday evening, police identified Frank W. Littrell, 42, of Lathrop, Mo. as the suspect in a double shooting, which took place Friday afternoon around 5:30, at Clay County Engine Rebuilders located at 46 E. US Hwy. 69.

During the shooting Littrell’s father, Raymond L. Littrell, 73, who was the owner of the business, was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Littrell’s sister, Elizabeth A. Williams, 40, was also shot multiple times and was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. She later underwent surgery and is expected to recover.

Police said at about 7:30 on Friday night, they received a phone call from a female family member of Littrell’s, who stated he wished to turn himself into authorities. A Clay County Sheriff’s 9-1-1 dispatcher advised them to drive to the Sheriff’s Office on 12 S. Walter Street. They were then instructed to park their vehicle, shut the engine off, turn his dome light on, open the windows, and then place their hands outside of the windows. They followed the instructions and Littrell was arrested, without any further incident, by Clay County deputies and officers from the Liberty Police Department.

Littrell is being held in the Clay County jail and has been charged with first degree murder, assault, and two counts of armed criminal action.

Those that knew the Littrell’s father recalled him as a kind man who was also a landlord. One of his tenants reflected on the victim’s good nature.

“It’s definitely going to be a loss. Very nice guy, he’s helped my family out multiple times, helped the neighbors out when they lived there multiple times,” Anthony Flathers said.

According to the probable cause statement released Saturday by police, the shooting may have been related to a custody dispute involving Littrell’s 10-year-old son and members of his family.  It stated that following a family dispute, Littrell had allegedly refused to allow his family members to see his son, and that his father, Raymond Littrell, had supposedly contacted an attorney regarding grandparent rights.

“We’re still investigating, it’s the early stages and it’s going to take us a little while to sort things out,” Jack Foster with Claycomo public safety said Friday night. “As far as we know it was some sort of domestic dispute, maybe a child custody, but it’s still sketchy at this point in time.”

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10 comments

  • Lowell Hale

    Ray and I have been good friends since before he opened his business. I helped Ray gain his first contracts with airport equipment which helped launch his engine rebuild shop. I’m shocked at this terrible news. Prayers for his grandson and daughter.

  • Joe

    He should have loved his son more instead of killing his grandpa and will now spend the rest of his life in prison. He wasn’t thinking about his son when he did that. He was intent on hurting someone else and loving his son had nothing to do with it.

  • Christine

    I was only acquainted with Ray thru my brother, Frank, who also did racing years ago. I was so sorry to hear about this situation and how we can let anger take over to the point we hurt those so much we truly love. Now this situation has taken a turn in a totally different direction and unfortunately without a grandfather. So very sad. Prayers and thoughts go out to the family. Ray was a very nice individual. He will be greatly missed by his family and community.

  • Robin marsh jr

    I’ve grown up with Ray, Chris and Frank. I’m blindsided by this news! My family has been around and worked at that shop for years!. I’ve always looked up to these three guys in life. They’ve been my mentors for a long time. Extremely sorry for the loss. It will forever change the lives of several.