On Saturday, two St. Louis cops were shot in the line of duty, and one of them died from his gunshot wounds on Sunday, the department stated. The fallen officer, identified as Tamarris Bohannon, 29, was on the job with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for over three years.
Bohannon was shot in the head while responding to a call about a shooting in the South Grand neighborhood which is close to Tower Grove Park, police said.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we report that our critically injured officer has died.
We cannot express how much we appreciate the hospital staff who continuously treated both officers for their injuries.
Thank you all for your continued thoughts & prayers!”
Bohannon is the first St. Louis City officer who died since Daryl Hall was shot to death in 2011 when he confronted two gunmen outside a nightclub.
The gunman shot a second officer in the leg as he and others were attempting to help Bohannon. That officer, 30, was treated at a hospital, and then released later on Sunday.
The officers were shot while trying to find and help a reported gunshot victim.
“These officers, all they’re trying to do is their job and try to help a person who’s wounded and they come under fire themselves,” St Louis Police Chief John Hayden said.
You can tell the chief loves the men and women who serve under him.
The 43-year-old suspected gunman was taken into custody at about 4:45 am Sunday after barricading himself inside a house for almost 12 hours, authorities said.
Hayden said the suspect ordered homeowners Steve and Mimi Haag out of their house and then barricaded himself inside, according to KMOV4.
“I’m looking at my husband and I’m seeing this man … I didn’t look at his hand but I saw something dark in his hand and he said, ‘Ma’am, hang up your phone,” said Steve’s wife Mimi Haag. “I can’t believe this happened and that we walked out of that house without that man shooting us … standing their in our foyer with his gun.”
The suspect, Thomas Kinworthy, 43, has a long criminal record from his past, together with a conviction in 2001 for aggravated battery with a firearm in Florida.
Kinworthy is currently facing sexual battery and kidnapping charges in Florida since last year. He has been out on bond, but a warrant had been issued for his arrest for failure to appear in court. He has additionally had other traffic and drug convictions out of Missouri. In short, he’s human debris and should be locked up for life, IMHO.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said she was “heartbroken” over Bohannon’s death.
“This is a horrific reminder of the dangers our brave men and women willingly face everyday to keep us safe,” Krewson said. “I ask that everyone please continue to keep Officer Bohannon, his loved ones, friends and colleagues, and the entire St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in your thoughts and prayers.”
The governor also gave some words of condolence.
“Teresa and I are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of one of our SLMPD Officers,” Gov. Mike Parson said on Twitter.
“An arrest has been made.
“Officers across Missouri protect us every day without hesitation and they and their families deserve our support.”
Chief Hayden stressed that Bohannon and the other officers were responding to a shooting call just before 6 pm on Saturday and just south of Tower Grove Park. Whereas they were searching for a victim, they heard gunfire and Bohannon was hit in the head and immediately fell to the ground.
Hayden pointed out that 8 of his officers have been shot in the line of duty since June 1st.
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“We’re trying to cope through a very trying summer, and it’s very difficult. It’s very difficult,” he said.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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