One less violent thug roaming the streets –GOOD!
SOUTH ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – One suspect is dead and another is in critical condition after allegedly holding a gun to a teen’s head. Police are not saying if they believe this crime was random or targeted. The man who pulled the trigger tells FOX 2 he does not live here with his daughter and her mom and he says he doesn’t know why the two men came to the door.
Police say it began with two men approaching a seventeen year old girl in the street, taking her at gunpoint, and forcing her into her home on Newport near Neosho in the Bevo Mill neighborhood. The girl’s father shot and killed one suspect and injured the other.
It was about 11pm Monday when a 17 year old girl who lives in the home was getting something from her car. Two men, both with guns, grabbed her. The began to push her back into the home with a gun to her head. Her father, who says he was visiting the girl and her mother, saw the gunmen and pulled his own weapon. He says he had no choice but to fire.
“He was holding her hostage. She was a human shield. So I did what I had to do.”
Asked how he had the confidence to pull the trigger when the man was holding his daughter that way, he said, “It wasn’t like that. It just happened. I didn’t have no choice. He had my daughter so I did what I had to do.”
The man he shot and killed was Terrell Johnson, 31, of St. Louis. The second suspect, who the father says was wearing a mask, is Cortez McClinton, 33, also of St. Louis.
The two suspects were not strangers to police. Terrell Johnson, the dead man, has served time in the Missouri prison system for first degree robbery. He had been given a sixteen year sentence.
Cortez McClinton was charged with first degree murder in the 2010 killing of Brian Reed. Reed was found dead in his car on Minnesota Street in South St. Louis. But in 2012, the circuit attorney’s office says those charges had to be dropped because witnesses wouldn’t cooperate. They ask anyone with any information about that case to contact Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
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The mother got off a shot of her own. She missed, but at least she tried.
Her mother also retrieved a firearm and fired one round at the suspects, not striking them.
The first suspect, identified as 31-year-old Terrell Johnson, of the 4500 block of Natural Bridge, collapsed on the living room floor and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police say McClinton then fled the scene on foot, entered Johnson’s vehicle and contacted his brother, who took him to a hospital.
McClinton was treated for gunshot wounds to the chest and both thighs and listed in critical but stable condition.
None of the victims were injured.
The investigation continues, but police say at this point, no charges are being sought against the homeowners.
A judge ordered McClinton be held on a $1,000,000 cash-only bond.
McClinton’s murder charge stems from the death of his accomplice. A spokesman for the circuit attorney’s office tells KMOX News that if someone dies during the commission of a felony—even a suspect—murder charges can be filed. The charge is also known as felony murder.
Location: 4600 block of Newport
Date/Time: 6/09/14 @ 23:00
Victim #1: 34-year old black male
Victim #2: 17-year old black female
Victim #3: 34-year old white female
Victim #4: 5-year old black male
Suspect #1: Terrell Johnson, 31-year old black male of the 4500 block of Natural
Suspect #2: 33-year old black male (critical/stable)
Victim #2 reported she was outside her residence retrieving property from a vehicle when the suspects approached her, armed with guns, and demanded she return to her residence with them. The suspects began to walk Victim #2 back into her residence. Victim #1, who is the father of Victim #2, observed the suspects with his daughter, retrieved his firearm and fired several shots at the suspects, striking both of them as they entered his residence. Victim #3, who is the mother of Victim #2, also retrieved a firearm and fired one round at the suspects, not striking them. Suspect #1 collapsed on the living room floor and was pronounced deceased on the scene. Suspect #2 fled the scene on foot, entered Suspect #1′s vehicle and contacted his brother, who conveyed him to a hospital. Suspect #2 was treated for gunshot wounds to the chest and both thighs and listed in critical/stable condition. At large warrants will be sought for Suspect #2. None of the victims were injured. The investigation is ongoing.
Thank God the father had a gun and knew how to use it.
UPDATE: This case is the 1,162 defensive gun use case documented by Guns Save Lives.