Retired police captain shot, killed; 4 other St. Louis officers shot overnight


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Four St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officers were shot and are recovering, but one man who has been identified as a former St. Louis law enforcement official, was shot and killed early Tuesday morning. 

It happened after local, peaceful protests meant to call attention to the history of injustices by some police officers against minorities in the U.S., turned violent in the city. 

Two of the St. Louis officers were shot in the leg, another was shot in the foot and the other was shot in the arm. Chief John Hayden, speaking to media, was visibly shaken after a night of rioting and looting.

"A group of folks, about 200 or so, obviously had no intention of protesting or doing anything constructive," Hayden says. "All they came down to do was hype up, start jumping up and down, like crazy people.

"They started throwing things. They started looting all over downtown and we had to protect our headquarters building, they were throwing fireworks at officers, fireworks were exploding on officers. There were officers that had gas poured on them." 

At 2am Tuesday, St. Louis Police, the Missouri National Guard, Missouri Highway Patrol and St. Louis County Police were still working to restore the peace.4 @SLMPD officers were shot & wounded. Here's what a visibly shaken Chief John Hayden had to say:

— KMOX St. Louis News (@kmoxnews) June 2, 2020

The officers were taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital to recover. They were all released from the hospital, Hayden said in a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday. 

Former St. Louis Police Capt. David Dorn was killed by a "looter" overnight outside Lee's Pawn and Jewelry on Martin Luther King Drive.

Related: St. Louis firefighters impeded by protesters, rocks thrownRelated: Calls put out to help cleanup shattered storefronts around St. Louis

One of the people murdered last night was a retired St. Louis City Captain. He was murdered by looters at a pawnshop. He was the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to.Violence is not the answer, whether it’s a citizen or officer.RIP Captain!

— Ethical Society of Police - ESOP (@ESOP_STL) June 2, 2020

Former St. Louis Police Chief Tim Fitch shared a photo of Dorn, calling him, "A true public servant. Protecting & serving all the way to the end."

A true public servant. Protecting & serving all the way to the end. None of us who knew you are surprised you went out fighting at Lee's Pawn this morning. God speed my friend. #DavidDorn

— Tim Fitch (@ChiefTimFitch) June 2, 2020

There an officer-involved shooting in Jennings, which resulted in one suspect being wounded. That person and another person involved are is in custody, but a third person escaped, according to St. Louis County Police spokesman Ben Granda.

St. Louis County Police say the three suspects fired at police vehicles then a pursuit began in St. Louis City, near the area of Natural Bridge Avenue and Union Boulevard. It ended near Norwood Hills Country Club in North County.

No officers were hurt.

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