David Dorn

SEE IT: Surveillance video show suspects in fatal shooting of retired police captain during looting

St Louis police released surveillance video showing seven persons of interest in the fatal shooting of a retired police captain at a pawn shop in northwest St Louis on Tuesday.

David Dorn, 77, was shot and killed by looters shortly at about 2:30 a.m. just outside the front door of Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Dorn was a friend of the pawn shop owner and would often check on the building at night to make sure no robberies had taken place.

The video released Friday appears to be from inside the pawn shop and shows the seven suspects entering by ducking under a security gate. The shop appears to have already been stripped of anything valuable, with glass cases shattered and empty and trash strewn over the floor.

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The suspects enter the building between 2:13 a.m. and 2:16 a.m., according to the time stamp on the video. They rush around in the building, in and out of rooms. Two of them are seen holding handguns, and one of them appears to have cut his hand crawling in. If the time stamp on the video is correct, Dorn may have come upon the looters as they were leaving the pawn shop.

DO YOU RECOGNIZE THESE INDIVIDUALS? These individuals are persons of interest in the fatal shooting of Retired Captain David Dorn that occurred at Lee's Pawn and Jewelry on June 2nd, 2020. Anyone with information is urged to call the Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371, or anyone with a tip who wants to remain anonymous and is interested in a reward can contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477). CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of UP TO $45,000.00 for tip information that leads the police to arrest the subject(s) responsible.

Posted by St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (OFFICIAL) on Friday, June 5, 2020


A Facebook Live video that showed the aftermath of the shooting began at 2:32 a.m., according to its time stamp. Initial reports said that this video showed the shooting; it did not, but it appears that the man who shot it witnessed the shooting and went live immediately after.

“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.

Former St Louis police chief Tim Fitch called Dorn “a true public servant.”

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.

Crime Stoppers offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the suspects; that reward has since topped $45,000, according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch. Tipsters can call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

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[Feature Photo: David Dorn/Handout]