Father Kills Son in Hardin

HARDIN, December 27, 2013 - A domestic verbal argument escalated to a tragic shooting incident that resulted in the death of Flint Russell Wilkey age 35 who was shot and killed by his father, Billy Wilkey, age 67 of Hardin, Texas.

At approximately 2:11pm on Friday, December 27th, a 911 call to the Liberty County Sheriff Department’s dispatcher reported a shooting at the residence located at 723 CR 2061 near the Hardin area. The initial report was to the effect that a man had shot his son. Units were dispatched to the scene as was Liberty County EMS with Sgt. Brett Audilet arriving first and finding Billy Wilkey standing in the front yard, detained him until other units arrived.

Sgt. Investigators Kenny Dagle and Josh Cummins arrived and began the investigation and was assisted by a member from the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office. According to lead Investigator Sgt. Dagle, Billy Wilkey told Investigators that his son, Flint Wilkey and Flint’s wife, who lives near his residence had been involved in a verbal argument at their home. To avoid further trouble, Flint Wilkey’s wife came to the home of Billy Wilkey where Flint followed her. Another verbal argument began but Flint left the residence to only return again shortly and pull his pick-up truck up to the front door of Billy Wilkey’s home.

According to witnesses, Flint Wilkey came into his father’s home and began a physical assault on his (Flint’s)wife, hitting her with his fist and pulling her hair. Flint Wilkey pulled his wife from the house and was trying to get her into his truck and make her go home with him but she was struggling while trying to protect herself from him striking her. Billy Wilkey attempted to stop his son from beating his wife when, it appears, that Flint turned on his father and Billy Wilkey fired one shot from a 9mm handgun which struck his son.

Justice of the Peace, Judge Cody Parrish arrived at the scene and pronounced Flint Wilkey deceased.

According to Sgt. Dagle, Billy Wilkey was questioned and a statement taken at which time he was then released. According to Investigators the case will be referred to the Grand Jury with no charges filed at this time.

According to the DPS Crime Records Service, Flint Wilkey has had five arrests on Criminal Charges in Liberty, Wharton and Chambers Counties including DWI, Reckelss Driving, Robbery, DWI 2nd Offense, Possession of Marijuana, Falure of a Drug Test and Harrasment. Flint Wilkey has also served time in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville as well as the Holiday Unit.

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