Police: Fatal shooting of 2 suspects in South City appears to be justified

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Two men are shot dead in south St. Louis late Tuesday afternoon and at this point police say it appears the killings were not a crime. It appears to be a case of a man defending himself. Apparently the two suspects who were armed didn’t know their intended victim was also packing heat. St. Louis Police Captain Mary Warnecke said, “It does happen to be a brazen crime yes.”

It happened behind a home in the 4100 block of Taft in south city only blocks from the Bevo Mill.

Police said two men, each with a handgun went into the garage where the homeowner, a 73-year- old man, was working. They threatened him and demanded his truck.  Captain Warnecke added, “They pulled their weapons on him. he was armed himself and protected himself and he did fire at the two suspects.”

Both suspects died at the scene. Police believe the 73-year-old man’s action were well within Missouri law.  Captain Warnecke said, “It would appear that this is justifiable.”

The scene was flooded with cops and police detectives. People in the neighborhood gathered to watch.  Warnecke said, “We certainly see crimes where homeowners protect themselves but this is unusual for the area.”  She said the 73-year-old man was shaken, “Understandably he’s upset, he’s upset.”