#Icantbreathe: Rtd police officer shot and killed by protesters in St Louis

77-year-old retired police captain was shot and killed by looters at a pawn shop on Tuesday in St Louis, Missouri.

David Dorn was after responding to a burglary alarm at Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry on Martin Luther King Drive in north St. Louis.

St. Louis police officers received a call about a shooting at Lee’s around 2:30 a.m., according to a police report. Officers found Dorn on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound to his torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said 55 businesses including the pawn shop reported property damage overnight following protests in downtown St. Louis over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“During a looting process, David Dorn was exercising law enforcement training that he learned here, so in his honor, we are wearing our mourning bands,” he said.

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.

He served 38 years with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and retired in 2007.

Dorn’s personality was “bigger than life”, said the former St Louis County police chief Tim Fitch. “He was a fun guy, a happy guy.”

“Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night,” President Trump wrote on Twitter. “We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you!.”

Many of those killed so far in the violent protests were African Americans, compounding the tragedy for black communities.

In Louisville, Kentucky, police and the national guard troops trying to clear a crowd on Monday heard gunshots and returned fire, killing David McAtee, the owner of a barbecue restaurant.

The mayor fired the police chief after finding out officers had not turned on their body-worn cameras.

McAtee was a 53-year-old African American man known for offering free meals to officers who stopped by his restaurant.

The acting police chief, Robert Schroeder, said on Tuesday that video from security cameras at McAtee’s business and an adjoining store showed McAtee firing a gun as officers approached.

In Oakland, California, federal officer was providing security at a US courthouse during a protest when someone fired shots from a vehicle. Dave Patrick Underwood, 53, died and another officer was critically wounded.

Underwood, who was black, and the other officer were contracted security officers employed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service.

In Indianapolis, Indiana, two people were killed this past weekend amid unrest, including 38-year-old Chris Beaty, a former offensive lineman for Indiana University.

Beaty was known as “Mr Indianapolis” and remained involved with the Hoosiers long after graduation. He also was a prominent businessman, running multiple nightclubs.

In Davenport, Iowa, police are investigating the deaths of 22-year-old Italia Kelly, who was shot Monday while leaving a protest outside a Walmart, and of a man found near where suspects exchanged gunfire with police.

Kelly and a friend were getting in a vehicle to leave because a protest had turned unruly when she was struck in the back by a bullet, said her aunt, Amy Hale of Atchison, Kansas. No arrests have been made.

In what is believed to be the first killing since the protests broke out, Calvin L Horton Jr was fatally shot outside a pawn shop last week.

The owner of the pawn shop, who is white, was arrested in the death of Horton, a 43-year-old black man. Police say they are investigating the circumstances of the killing, including whether it was related to protests in the neighborhood.

The shop was described as having been significantly damaged during the unrest.

In Omaha, Nebraska, James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black man, was killed on Saturday after authorities said he tussled with the owner of two downtown bars. Surveillance video of the strip of bars shows a clash among of a group of people, including Scurlock and Jake Gardner, the white bar owner.

Two people shove Gardner to the ground, and he fires shots in the air. Seconds later, Scurlock is seen jumping on Gardner, who then fires the gun over his shoulder, striking Scurlock.

Authorities have declined to press charges in the death, calling the shooting self-defense. But Gardner could still face misdemeanor gun charges because his concealed carry permit for the gun had expired, the police chief said.

Detroit, Michigan, a 21-year-old man was killed in downtown Detroit after someone fired shots into a vehicle during a protest. According to a police report, the man was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car in a parking lot with two others when someone opened fire and then ran away.

In Chicago, Illinois, two people were killed during unrest Monday in the suburb of Cicero, according to a town official. A spokesman, Ray Hanania, did not provide details about those who were killed but said it had happened during protests.

(Additional reports from AP)

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