Charged with first degree murder is James E. Little, 34, a reserve police officer in Pagedale. He is accused of murdering William Dupree, 32. Police found Dupree dead, lying on his back in the front yard of his home in the 2100 block of Farrar Street. He had been shot multiple times in the head.
Homicide investigators say the trouble between Little and Dupree began as an argument that eventually turned physical, ending with Little allegedly shooting Dupree.
Little had come to the house to drop off the child he had with his ex-girlfriend. Dupree was the ex-girlfriend`s fiancée. Little had been working as a reserve officer for the Pagedale Police Department.
"He was a volunteer police officer in our reserve unit and that is quite a big difference," said Pagedale Chief Steven Haynes. "It is not a paid position and he is not allowed to be armed outside the city of Pagedale."
Haynes says Little also worked as a security guard at Metro, but a Metro spokesperson said it is against agency policy to confirm employment information in cases that do not directly involve Metro. Little's duty in Pagedale was to serve as the bailiff on court night.
Along with the murder charge, Little is also charged with Armed Criminal Action and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Little had once served as a St. Louis City police officer beginning in 2002, but he left the department in 2007 for personal reasons. He had been volunteering with Pagedale only since January.
"It is a shock that this thing happened with James," Haynes said. "He was a good officer, low key and a real nice guy."