David Dorn

Disturbing video emerges of beloved retired police captain shot dead by looters during St. Louis protest

A retired Missouri police captain was shot and killed by looters in St. Louis on Tuesday, according to officials.

St. Louis Dispatch reports that David Dorn, 77, was shot and killed at around 2:30 a.m., near Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry, off of Martin Luther King Drive. Dorn, who was a friend of the pawnshop owner, would often check on the building at night and make sure no robberies had taken place.

According to police, unidentified looters shot Dorn in the torso and fled. No one has been arrested and no suspects have yet been named.

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“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,” the victim’s family wrote on social media.

Dorn worked for the St. Louis Police Department for 38 years before becoming police chief in Moline Acres. His colleagues remember him as a hardworking, kind and honest person.

“David Dorn was a fine captain, many of us young officers looked up to him,” St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said.

Although a graphic Facebook Live video of the incident was eventually taken down, a witness managed to record the aftermath of the shooting, before first responders arrived.


CBS 4 in St. Louis reports that Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the suspects. Tipsters can call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

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[Feature Photo: David Dorn/Handout]