President Trump Hails Retired St. Louis Police Captain Killed by Rioters
Earlier this week, a retired St. Louis police captain was shot and killed protecting his friend’s looted pawn shop from rioters. 77-year-old David Dorn was found shot dead outside of Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry store at around 2:30 AM Tuesday.
“He was murdered by looters at a pawnshop. He was the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to. Violence is not the answer, whether it’s a citizen or officer,” the Ethical Society of Police of St. Louis wrote.
According to KMOV4, Dorn was murdered during a looting while “exercising law enforcement training,” said St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden. “David Dorn was a fine captain, many of us young officers looked up to him,” Hayden continued, and said that officers will be wearing their mourning badges in memory of Dorn.
Dorn spent 38 years with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department before becoming the police chief in Moline Acres. Those who worked with him in both police departments said they are heartbroken over his death and remember him with great respect.
Dorn joined the police academy in November 1969 and graduated in May 1970. He was assigned to Patrol Support when he retired from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in October 2007.
Dorn would help out the owners of Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry due to his extensive background in police work. When the business’ alarm would go off, Dorn would check it out. And that’s what he did early Tuesday morning before he was shot and killed.
President Trump honored Captain Dorn by sharing his story on Twitter, writing, “Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you!”
Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/0ouUpoJEQ4
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
Godspeed and rest in peace, Captain.