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David Dorn

SEE IT: Beloved retired police chief David Dorn laid to rest after shot, killed while protecting friend’s store from looters

A retired Missouri police chief shot earlier this month has been laid to rest. Hundreds of people showed up to the funeral, filling a St. Louis church to capacity.

CBS4 reports that David Dorn was laid to rest Wednesday at the Saint Louis Friendly Temple on Martin Luther King Drive. Numerous mourners paid their respects from the sidewalk outside of the church after it quickly filled up.

“He was a real hero so my prayers go out to his family and the entire police department family who knew him,” St. Louis Mayor Lydra Krewson, who was in attendance with other mourners, said.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Dorn, 77, was shot and killed at around 2:30 a.m., near Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry, off of Martin Luther King Drive, on June 2. 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.

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Looters who robbed the store allegedly shot Dorn before fleeing. He died on the sidewalk in front of the pawnshop.

“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.

On June 7, St Louis police announced that an arrest was made. Stephan Cannon was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm, and two counts of armed criminal action.

Another arrest followed. Jimmie Robinson was arrested in connection with the break-in but not the murder. He was charged with burglary, armed criminal action, and stealing. A $30,000 bond was set for Robinson.

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.

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[Feature Photo: David Dorn/Handout]