Man, 24, charged with MURDER in death of retired cop David Dorn, 77, who was shot dead during looting – The Sun
A MAN has been charged with murder after a retired police officer was fatally shot while helping protect his friend’s store from looters last week.
Stephan Cannon, 24, was arrested on Sunday in the death of David Dorn, a 77-year-old who served on the St Louis, Missouri, police force for 38 years before retiring in October 2007.
He then went on to become police chief of Moline Acres, a small town in St Louis County.
Last Tuesday, Dorn’s body was found on a sidewalk at Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry at around 2.30am.
His final moments were caught on video — and apparently posted to Facebook Live.
According to KTVI, a witness identified Cannon in surveillance photos from the pawnshop and other stores in the area.
Cannon has been charged with first-degree murder, robbery, burglary, armed criminal action, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
A television taken from the pawnshop was found at Cannon’s home, and cops said the serial number on the TV was confirmed to be from the pawnshop.
Court docs, per KTVI, say Cannon acknowledged he was inside the store on Tuesday night.
He reportedly told authorities he cut his hair to change his appearance after he saw his picture was being distributed to the public.
“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,” Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said in a statement.
Another man, Jimmie Robinson, 27, was also arrested in the case and charged with burglary, armed criminal action, stealing, and unlawful possession of a firearm, police said.
Dorn’s death came on a violent night for St Louis; four police officers were shot, and officers were hit with rocks and fireworks during violent riots in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
At least 55 businesses were burglarized or damaged, including a convenience store that burned
Police also shot and gravely injured a burglary suspect who they said shot at officers.
Dorn was a friend of the pawn shop’s owner and frequently checked on the business when alarms went off, his wife, St Louis police Sergeant Ann Marie Dorn, told the St Louis Post-Dispatch.
Former St Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch knew Dorn for 30 years and said they became close friends when Dorn and his wife were leading the St. Louis police department’s Explorers program.
“He was very dedicated to youth, especially disadvantaged youth,” Fitch said.
“He wanted to see them succeed. He wanted to be a role model for those young men and women to go into law enforcement.”
“He was a fun guy, a happy guy. You never had to wonder what he was thinking when somebody did something incredibly stupid like a crime because he would just say it as he saw it.”
When he took over as chief in Moline Acres, Dorn made it clear that his officers would be held to the strictest of standards, Fitch said.
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