A retired St Louis police captain has been shot dead Tuesday by looters who had broken into his friend’s pawn shop.
David Dorn, 77, was found dead on the sidewalk in front of Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry in the early hours following unrest that followed a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The shooting and theft at the pawn shop apparently was posted on Facebook Live, but the video has since been taken down.
Police have not released details of what led to the shooting about 2.30am Tuesday and no one has been arrested.
Dorn was a friend of the pawn shop’s owner and frequently checked on the business when alarms went off, his wife, Ann Marie Dorn, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The retired captain had served 38 years on the St. Louis police force before retiring in October 2007. He then became chief of Moline Acres, a small town north of St. Louis.
The Ethical Society of Police, which represents black officers in St. Louis, said in a news release that Dorn was ‘the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to’.
One witness to the Facebook Live video said the incident had ‘sickened’ him.
Marquaello Futrell wrote: ‘The man just was shot and killed outside of Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry has me sick to my stomach.’
He suggested eyewitnesses did not help Dorn after he was shot, adding: ‘It’s one thing to be a victim of a robbery/assault but to lie in you own blood pleading for help and no help comes other than people standing around on FB Live recording his death. All over social media. I’m upset and can’t sleep!’
Dorn’s death came on a violent night in St. Louis, which saw four officers shot, officers pelted with rocks, and businesses burned and robbed.
Cities across the U.S. have seen protests and violence since Floyd died last week after an officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes. even after the handcuffed black man stopped moving and pleading for air.
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Source: Daily Mail