Retired St. Louis Police Captain Killed Trying to Protect Friend’s Shop from Looters

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Retired St. Louis Captain Killed While Protecting Business from Looting

A retired St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department captain was fatally shot early Tuesday as he was trying to protect a friend’s pawn shop from looters.

Police officials said the retired captain, David Dorn, was responding to an alarm at Lee Pawn and Jewelry Store at about 2:30 a.m. when he was shot and killed.

Dorn’s last moments were caught on video and posted on Facebook Live, though the original version of the video was later taken down.

No arrests had been made, but the authorities were actively working to identify the suspects.

The retired captain’s former colleague who had known him for 30 years praised him for his dedication to mentoring youths and for holding his officers to the strict ethical standards.

Dorn served on the police force for 38 years.

Dorn’s death came on the same night that four active St. Louis police officers were shot after peaceful protests in the name of George Floyd turned violent.