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.
“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.
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 pic.twitter.com/i9X7q9hKIc
— Tim Fitch (@ChiefTimFitch) June 2, 2020
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.
*Warning* VIDEO MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME VIEWERS
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]