Authorities say that looters shot and killed a retired St. Louis police captain early Tuesday. David Dorn, 77, was shot with a gun in his torso late last night as he tried to help guard a pawn shop from looters.
The retired St. Louis police captain died on a sidewalk in front of the looted shop, Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The Ethical Society of Police, a St. Louis black officers fraternal organization, mourned Dorn: “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. RIP Captain!” the tweet said.
St. Louis officials said Tuesday Dorn was killed responding to a burglar alarm that looters set off.
“David Dorn was exercising law enforcement training that he learned here,” St Louis Police Chief John Hayden said.
FOX2 reported that the shooting happened outside the Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry shop on Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. near Sarah Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. Authorities tell Fox 2 that in addition to the murder the store was also looted.
“One of the people murdered last night was a retired St. Louis City Captain,” the ESOP tweeted Tuesday morning. “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. RIP Captain!”
Police have not officially identified the retired police captain. The investigation is ongoing.