DELLWOOD, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis county police are investigating a home invasion and murder early this morning in Dellwood.
But police don’t believe the crime was random. Investigators say Bryant Carruth Senior, 38 was shot and killed after police say three to four suspects broke into the home on Trask Drive where he and his wife lived. His wife was home when the attack happened but was not seriously hurt.
The attack happened at around 1:35am Monday morning. Investigators say the suspects shot and killed Carruth after a struggle. Police say robbery appears to be the motive and items were taken from the home. Detectives believe Carruth was targeted.
Two of Carruth’s four children can’t believe what happened.
“I’m sad. There’s nothing really I can do about it. He’s gone. I can’t bring him back,” said his daughter Brittany Carruth.
Carruth’s son, Bryant Carruth III, added, “It’s hard losing your daddy. That’s hard man. You’re going to be angry losing your daddy. You’re going to be sad.”
Carruth’s wife would not speak on camera. She said the suspects woke her and her husband. They made her lay face down in a hallway, put a gun to her head and tied her hands behind her back. She heard a struggle between her husband and the suspects then gunshots. Carruth was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Anytime you get an incident like this there’s going to be concern. But we’re on top of it. We’re conducting our investigation. All of our resources will be surrounding this event and we’ll do our best to bring who’s responsible to justice,” said Lieutenant Norman Mann with St. Louis county police.
The suspects are only described as black males. Authorities initially indicated there may have been four people wearing dark clothing with bandanas covering their faces. But now investigators are unsure of the information about the suspects at this point.
Investigators are withholding certain details of the crime because they are known only to the suspects.