David Dorn’s final moments were filmed and apparently posted on Facebook Live, although the video has since been removed. He was killed by people who broke into Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry, and his body was found on the sidewalk around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. No arrests were made.
His death occurred a violent night in Saint-Louis, where four officers were shot, officers were bombarded with stones and fireworks, and 55 businesses were robbed or damaged, including a convenience store that burned down. Police also shot and seriously injured a burglary suspect who they said shot officers.
Cities across the United States have seen protests and violence since George Floyd’s death on May 25 after a white Minneapolis officer buried his knee in Floyd’s neck for several minutes, even after the handcuffed black man stopped moving and begged for air.
Dorn was a friend of the pawnshop owner and frequently checked the business when the alarms went off, his wife, the St. Louis Police Sgt. Ann Marie Dorn, told the Saint-Louis post-expedition.
David Dorn served 38 years in the St. Louis Police Force before retiring in October 2007. He then became Chief of Moline Acres, a small town in St. Louis County.
Former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch had known Dorn for 30 years and said they became close friends when Dorn and his wife ran the St. Louis Police Department’s Explorers program. for young people interested in law enforcement careers, while Fitch ran the county. program.
“He was very dedicated to young people, especially disadvantaged youth,” said Fitch, who led the St. Louis County Police Department from 2009 to 2014. “He wanted to see them succeed. He wanted to be a role model for them. these young men and women to get into law enforcement.
Dorn’s personality was “larger than life,” Fitch said. “He was a fun guy, a happy guy. You never had to wonder what he was thinking when someone did something incredibly stupid like a crime because he said it just like he did. saw. “
When he took over as chief at Moline Acres, Dorn made it clear that his officers would be held to the highest standards, Fitch said.
“He wanted them to do the right thing all the time,” Fitch said.
The Ethical Society of Police, which represents black officers in St. Louis, said in a press release that Dorn was “the kind of brother who would have given his life to save them if he had to.”
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden called Dorn a “good captain.”
“A lot of us, the other officers, admired him,” said Hayden. “It was very appreciated, very pleasant. And his wife still works here. So it is a very sad time for our agency. We will honor him.”