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This Is David Dorn, The Retired Police Captain Killed By Looters While Defending A Local Store

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Retired St. Louis Police Department Captain David Dorn was killed early Tuesday morning outside of a local pawn shop he was reportedly defending from suspected looters, more than 40 years after his time at the police academy, and 13 years after his retirement from the police department.

Dorn, 77, died at 2:30 a.m. in the middle of a street after being shot in the torso by suspected rioters, according to the police incident report. The retired captain was said to be defending Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry — a business that belonged to an old friend of his, KMOV4 reported.

“The fact that he was protecting and serving, this is the way, I feel in my heart of hearts, that he would have liked to leave this earth,” Dorn’s son, Brian Powell, told KMOV4.

“It was senseless, it was senseless. Over TVs and stuff that’s replaceable,” Powell told KMOV4. “They’re forgetting the real message of the protest and the positiveness that’s supposed to come out of it. And we get this negative light shown on a situation that really needs light to be brought to it.”

Protests turned violent in St. Louis and other cities across the country after the May 25 death of George Floyd, who died in police custody after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes, a video of the incident showed. The officer, Derek Chauvin, faces charges of second-degree murder.

Dorn began his career in civil service when he graduated from the police academy in May of 1970, and he retired from the force in 2007 after being assigned to patrol support. Dorn’s wife, Ann, a sergeant in the St. Louis Police Department, also spent the better part of her career in law enforcement, according to a USA Today report.

Former St. Louis County police Chief Tim Fitch, a 30-year friend of the deceased captain, told CBS News that Dorn “was very dedicated to youth, especially disadvantaged youth” and that he “wanted to be a role model” for young people seeking to enter the police force.

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Cops say looters pillaged Lee’s shortly after the shooting, leaving the elderly, 37-year law enforcement veteran to die on 4123 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in a pool of his own blood. Dorn’s murder was recorded on Facebook Live, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Lee’s was one of 70 businesses ransacked by looters Monday night and Tuesday morning, and along with Dorn, four other active St. Louis officers were struck by gunfire, USA Today reports. Riots have sparked across the country, following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, that died after a Minneapolis police officer employed unconventional restraint tactics.

Dorn’s untimely death has attracted the attention of President Trump, who tweeted that he has the “highest respect” for the family of the fallen officer.

Police do not currently have any suspects in Dorn’s slaying, but have urged the public to contact Crime Stoppers. A $10,000 reward is offered for anyone with information leading to an arrest, St. Louis authorities told the DCNF.

The St. Louis Police public information department urged the public not to donate to any GoFundMe fundraisers in Dorn’s name, as none of them support Dorn’s family.

Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry declined to comment on Dorn’s death.

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6 comments

  1. Dorn should be the one praised acrossed the country.

  2. Hadrian Alexander

    Where the protests? This is exactly why I don’t give a rusty hump when thugs are killed.

  3. What is your source to say it’s Antifa?

  4. Mr. Dorn must have been killed by black rioters, otherwise the leftst medias’ heads would be exploding.

  5. The trend toward criminals being a protected species has to end, they’ve give themselves a name then think they can do whatever they want to whomever they want. Then jerk governors and mayors shield them and even say that they have the right to destroy others’ lives and livelihoods because they’ve had some hard times. They call it justice. Who’s going to give those people whose lives these thugs have taken some justice?

  6. According to ANTIFA Looters and Burners, this man committed suicide by jumping in front of one of their guns!

    All they wanted to do was loot, and burn, and if somebody gets killed, it’s not their fault!

    According to Democrat Governor’s and Mayors of major city’s being burned and looted, these rioters are just misunderstood kids, and shouldn’t be bothered by Police, or anybody else!

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