Tuesday Geoffrey Ingersoll tweeted:
This line to pay respects to fallen police captain David Dorn should give everyone who might have faltered some renewed faith in America
This line to pay respects to fallen police captain David Dorn should give everyone who might have faltered some renewed faith in America pic.twitter.com/CYS5Hzjj6j
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) June 9, 2020
Fox News reports hundreds gathered at a public visitation was held Tuesday for retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn, who was shot and killed by a looter during the George Floyd protests.
Dorn was killed while reportedly trying to protect his friend’s pawn shop, Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry, during the early hours of June 2, after a protest turned violent.
Stephan Cannon, 24, a suspect in the killing of Dorn, was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of armed criminal action, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner said in a statement Sunday.
Video surveillance from the building where the shooting occurred, along with neighboring businesses show Dorn’s last moments.
Dorn was killed by looters who broke into the pawn shop and his body was found on the sidewalk around 2:30 a.m., according to investigators.
Relative to the investigation into the murder of Ret. Capt. David Dorn, officers arrested Stephan Cannon & the @stlcao issued one count of Murder 1st, one count of Burglary 1st, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm & two counts of Armed Criminal Action. Bond not allowed. pic.twitter.com/WzkXCa55fW
— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) June 7, 2020
“Based upon the diligent work of the police department, collaboration with the Circuit Attorney’s Office, and the cooperation from the outraged community, we have issued charges for the tragic murder of former Captain David Dorn,” Gardner said.
1/ Statement from Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner
Immediately after the looting that occurred at Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry on June 2, 2020 that resulted in the murder of former SLMPD Captain David Dorn, the SLMPD began an extensive homicide investigation.
— Circuit Attorney (@stlcao) June 7, 2020
St. Louis along with dozens of other cities across the nation experienced violent riots after the protests in remembrance of George Floyd turned violent.
Dorn’s death came the same night that four officers were shot and 55 businesses were burglarized or damaged in St. Louis.
Former St. Louis County police Chief Tim Fitch said he knew Dorn for 30 years and described his personality as “bigger than life.”
Fitch and Dorn met when Dorn and his wife lead the St. Louis police department’s Explorers program for youth interested in a career in law enforcement.
Fitch said that Dorn worked with kids in the area, “especially disadvantaged youth.”
He continued, “He wanted to see them succeed. He wanted to be a role model for those young men and women to go into law enforcement.”