A retired St. Louis City police captain David Dorn was shot and killed outside of a looted North City pawn shop overnight after protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent.
David Dorn, 77, was discovered on the sidewalk in front of Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry in St. Louis around 2:30 a.m., Tuesday, said Police Commissioner John Hayden.
He said Dorn, who retired from the St. Louis Police Department in 2007 and had been serving as police chief of Moline Acres, Missouri, since 2008, was killed when he apparently tried to stop the looting of the shop.
Dorn’s wife, Ann, currently works for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
“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,” they wrote.
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said Dorn was murdered during a looting while “exercising law enforcement training.
“David Dorn was a fine captain, many of us young officers looked up to him,” Chief Hayden said.
Chief Hayden said officers will wear their mourning badges in response to Dorn’s death.
Dorn would help out the owners of Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry due to his extensive background in police work. When the business’ alarm would go off, Dorn would check it out. And that’s what he did early Tuesday morning before he was shot and killed.
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