Father/son dispute ends with death

john B Tow

SHOALS, Ind. (WTHI) – One person is dead after a day long argument between a father and son.

It happened just before 10:00 Sunday night in Martin County, Indiana.

A preliminary investigation shows Martin County dispatch received a 911 call from John Bruce Tow, 60, of Shoals.

Tow told the dispatch operator that his son, Jonathan Tow, 32, was bleeding to death.

Indiana state troopers and Martin County deputies arrived at the residence on Doane Lane in Shoals moments later.

They found Jonathan Tow lying outside the doorway of the trailer.

“Both Jonathan and John lived in the trailer together,” said Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sergeant Philip Hensley.

He had a knife wound to his neck. Indiana State Police would later rule John Bruce Tow stabbed Johnathon.

“He had been stabbed in the neck and was bleeding on the door step of their trailer,” said Hensley.

E.M.S. and medical first responders attempted to save Jonathan, but could not.

John Bruce Tow was transported to the Martin County jail. State Police noted, alcohol or drugs did not appear to be a factor in the incident.

“He somewhat of a calm state, not necessarily over reacting, or in a state of intoxication or anything like that, somewhat mellowed out and calm,” said Hensley.

He’s being held in the Martin County Jail without bond on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. Authorities told News 10 Monday, those charges could change pending a continuing investigation.

“It’s possible he could be charged with murder up to and including murder, we’re going to go through and review everything including autopsy results, we have an autopsy pending, early this afternoon on Johnathan Tow and ONCE we take a look at those and the circumstances behind the case, we’ll meet with the Martin County Prosecutor Mike Steiner and go from there to determine what direction we want to file the charges,” Hensley stated.

According to police, John Bruce Tow had not yet had an initial hearing in the Martin County Court System.



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