Exclusive: Father speaks about shooting man who allegedly put a gun to his daughter’s head

SOUTH ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – One suspect is dead and another is in critical condition after allegedly holding a gun to a teen’s head. Police are not saying if they believe this crime was random or targeted. The man who pulled the trigger tells FOX 2 he does not live here with his daughter and her mom and he says he doesn’t know why the two men came to the door.

More information: Police: Dad shoots, kills man who held gun to teen daughter

Police say it began with two men approaching a seventeen year old girl in the street, taking her at gunpoint, and forcing her into her home on Newport near Neosho in the Bevo Mill neighborhood. The girl’s father shot and killed one suspect and injured the other.

It was about 11pm Monday when a 17 year old girl who lives in the home was getting something from her car. Two men, both with guns, grabbed her. The began to push her back into the home with a gun to her head. Her father, who says he was visiting the girl and her mother, saw the gunmen and pulled his own weapon. He says he had no choice but to fire.

“He was holding her hostage. She was a human shield. So I did what I had to do.”

Asked how he had the confidence to pull the trigger when the man was holding his daughter that way, he said, “It wasn’t like that. It just happened. I didn’t have no choice. He had my daughter so I did what I had to do.”

The father asked that we not use his name.

The man he shot and killed was Terrell Johnson, 31, of St. Louis. The second suspect, who the father says was wearing a mask, is Cortez McClinton, 33, also of St. Louis.

The bullets didn’t just hit the two men. Another one went all the way across the street, into the home of Jessica Swartz.

“I was freaked out. For lack of a better word, yeah, scared,” she said. “Just laying in bed watching TV getting ready to go to sleep. Then I hear the gunshots and heard glass break, felt debris, jumped to the other side of my bed and waited for it to stop. Then called 911.”

The father expressed concern over a bullet hitting a neighbors home.

“I didn’t mean for anybody to be involved in anything. I didn’t have any choice in the matter. I’m sorry for what happened to that lady’s window.”

He also said he was sorry for what the families of the two suspects are going through, but he says he had no choice.

“My condolences goes out to all the families involved. I don’t know him. I wish it hadn’t happened. So like I said, to the moms, fathers, all the other people involved, I apologize,” he said.

The two suspects were not strangers to police. Terrell Johnson, the dead man, has served time in the Missouri prison system for first degree robbery. He had been given a sixteen year sentence.

Cortez McClinton was charged with first degree murder in the 2010 killing of Brian Reed. Reed was found dead in his car on Minnesota Street in South St. Louis. But in 2012, the circuit attorney’s office says those charges had to be dropped because witnesses wouldn’t cooperate. They ask anyone with any information about that case to contact Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

Neighbors in on Newport were clearly shaken by what had happened. Joan Bryan, 77, was born in her home two doors down from the shooting.

“You work hard for everything you have and somebody tries to come in with a gun and take away everything you have away from you. That’s not right. That’s scary,” she said. “This neighborhood used to be so good. You could go to the store and leave the door open. Not anymore.”

Another neighbor, Halil Salihovic, left his home less than a minute before the shootings.

“I got in my car and pulled off and I heard gunshots. And then my mom called me. She thought it was me.”

It wasn’t but he’s concerned what might have happened at a different time of day. Lots of kids live in the block, including his seven year old sister.

“I’m not scared for myself. I’m old enough to know what goes on in the world, but it’s just the kids that play around here, that’s all. That’s all I’m scared of,” he said.

76 comments

  • Billy Hill

    I own no guns, because in my neighborhood there isn’t a need to have a shootout with bad guys.

      • Billy Hill

        Bad guys don’t live in my neighborhood, and they don’t have a need to come to my neighborhood. Your point, who’s going to stop them, well nobody. They just don’t have that motivation to come that far.

    • rick

      Billy Bob I hope you are joking! You really are dreaming if you think that you should not own a gun and protect your family. You are not safe crime could happen anywhere even in your neighborhood! Wake Up and protect your family, get educated on how to use a gun it will save your life someday.

  • JDUB

    Way to go Dad !!! By the way, what caliber(s) rounds, and make/model guns were used? Sure wasn’t an AK47 or M16. Too bad. By the way Liberals, you’re wrong.

  • YMM

    Thanks for your comment Armed Liberal. This comment is for George Money as well. I am an African American female with strong ties to North St. Louis. I might also mention that I am from a middle class family who resides in the home my grandfather built in the 50′s. I also have other wealthy relatives and friends that still reside in North St. Louis. Needless to say, there still remains a stigma here in North City. Yet there’s never much talk of all the incidents (ex. suicides, killings), in other “so-called” good/afluent neighborhoods on the news. It’s discouraging that I have co-workers and friends that mention certain crime in the St. Louis Metropolitan area that never reaches the media. So please redirect your frustrations regarding all blacks, Mr. George Money.

    • Armed Liberal

      Thank you…..I am also a black female who reside in North St Louis. I will defend mine to the end. I don’t see why this is even an argument of black vs white, white vs black or liberals vs conservatives. This is a matter of a MAN n WOMAN protecting their home and family members. The same thing I would have done!

    • Curious

      You’re African American? When was the last time you were in Africa? I am an American! I am also black I’m not African American.

  • YMM

    Thanks for your comment Armed Liberal. This comment is for George Money as well. I am an African American female with strong ties to North St. Louis. I might also mention that I am from a middle class family who resides in the home my grandfather built in the 50′s. I also have other wealthy relatives and friends that still reside in North St. Louis. Needless to say, there still remains a stigma here in North City. Yet there’s never much talk of all the incidents (ex.burglaries, killings), in other “so-called” good/affluent neighborhoods on the news. It’s discouraging that I have co-workers and friends that mention certain crime in the St. Louis Metropolitan area that never reaches the media. So please redirect your frustrations regarding all blacks, Mr. George Money.

  • YMM

    Thanks for your comment Armed Liberal. This comment is for George Money as well. I am an African American female with strong ties to North St. Louis. I might also mention that I am from a middle class family who resides in the home my grandfather built in the 50′s. I have wealthy relatives and friends that still reside in North St. Louis. Needless to say, there still remains a stigma here in North City. Yet there’s never much talk of all the incidents (ex.burglaries, killings), in other “so-called” good/affluent neighborhoods on the news. It’s discouraging that I have co-workers and friends that mention certain crime in the St. Louis Metropolitan area that never reaches the media. So please redirect your frustrations regarding all blacks, Mr. George Money.

    • Billy Hill

      No need for me to reply 3 times, but my town of 30,000 people is 20 miles from downtown St. Louis. There hasn’t been a single murder in over 10 years, but some neighborhoods in the North Side can’t go 10 days. I guarantee that if there was a killing in my neighborhood, it would be on the news. The reason that the North Side and South Side end up in the news almost every day is that they earned it.

    • Lazy Liberal Leeches

      YMM, how is it you liberals always try the race card when you have no other excuse. The fact of the matter is that more blacks commit crimes and north city and county just so happen to be black, statistics do not lie! Check yo numbers!

      • Armed Liberal

        I dont care who is committing the crime, I have a right to defend my home and family just like this man did. Why is this an issue of race or liberal vs conservative? And I would have done the same thing that this Father did to protect his innocent daughter.

  • Jim

    Obama doesn’t believe that firearms are safe. Guess he is right, one person dead and the other injured…oh wait that was self defense of oneself and family. Yep Obama doesn’t believe that happened nor does he want us to be able to defend ourselves. He figures background checks would prevent the perpetrators from acquiring firearms.

    • Liberal Low Lifes & Dumb Democrats

      While Obama is preaching against semi-automatics, he’s being protected by them at the same time! That’s the prime definition of a confused liberal. Same thing goes for him smoking cigs, then over taxing them for the poor people that can’t afford it, but he can because he’s rich. Lastly, we ar sick and tired of liberals shoving agendas in our face just like the recent placement of nutritional value on packages now. ENOUGH is ENOUGH! When do you liberals stop pushing your nonsensical agendas on the innocent!? Yes we are tired & fed up will all these confusing liberal ideals. Hope this ghetto thug gets the chair or beat in prison. Don’t mean by someones fist either.

  • Groovy Chick

    Protecting your loved ones is a primal survival need. Having the courage to do what you have to do to protect them is admirable. Having regret for the need to do it shows that this man has a heart. I would have no qualms about doing what he did. His precious daughter is worth it. He still has her, thank God. By the way, it doesn’t matter what color they are. Trash comes in all colors

    • Andrea

      Absolutely agree with you! It doesn’t need to come down to race. It’s 2 malicious people that were taken care of my a protecting father. Thank god the girl was ok!!

      • Different Strokes

        Keep dreaming you people, it DOES come down to race! If it weren’t for blacks invading and robbing these neighborhoods we would be ok. You are in denial. Yes, killers come in all races, but THIS article just so happens to be about 2 black guys putting a gun to a white girls head, and her white father shot the back man dead. FACT! Why didn’t these ghetto bangers stay in their own hood if it wasn’t about race!?

      • crossrammed

        Different strokes, you are only addressing the symptoms of the problem. Look for the root cause of the problem if you truly want to fix it. Identify the problem, decipher what is causing the problem, then fix the cause of the problem.

      • Different Strokes

        Crossrammed you are obviously confused, the root of the problem is liberals and their liberal monkey children….learning from a small age to speak ebonics, leeching off of society, stealing from others, and blantly refusing to learn english in order to function in an educated society, then dropping out of school, then committing crimes like this! It’s the liberal domino effect, from one gen to another, plus many more reasons why the “root” of the problem lays in “self worth” and “earning your worth” instead of leeching off of others, but alas, society has now overwhelmingly made it LEGAL to LEECH, examle, Obama’scare …on and on

      • Daryl

        Different strokes, one of the criminals lived on Pennsylvania. He didn’t invade anything, that was his “hood.” Once again, the only difference between their disregard for human life and your own is theirs resulted in criminal action. Sadly, you are hardly any better a person than they are.

      • Different Strokes

        Daryl, you are another dizzy and confused liberal, how do i compare to these ghetto killer black scum? I don’t. You’re just mad because we all state the obvious facts here. The story is what it is. We aren’t racist so quit calling us that. Why didn’t those 2 black guys choose to rob other black people? Why do it there with a white girl? Possibly something really bad would have happened like robbery and the other r word. You keep mentioning how one thug lived on Pennsylvania. He might have lived on Penn but was from north city/county along with his ghetto thug accomplice. You liberals need to enlighten yourselves get educated. You’re getting there Daryl, your enlightening yourself for voting republican at least. Good start! Now try live it!

      • Daryl

        You are placing on an entire group of people, indeed, the residents of an entire area and proposing they deserve violence. You compare to them in the fact that you have equally as little regard for others. Unfortunately your too ignorant to see it.
        Now, don’t presume to know me or how I live. Believe me, it is just too complicated for your intellect to grasp. Someday Jesus will teach you but it will probably be too late for your soul by then.

      • Different Strokes

        Daryl, your holes are switched, there’s excrement coming from the wrong hole. Just stop while you’re ahead and quit putting excrement in my mouth too. I never said anything you claim. Typical liberal liar filth. Sorry the truth hurts for you but stats do no lie. Nobody is grouping anyone, the story is a fact these 2 blacks came down from north city and almost killed a white family. End fact. It’s ok you can let it soak in. We know you are slow like that.

      • Spock

        Wow Daryl, you claim you live by Jesus, let’s hope you walk the walk and don’t believe in abortions like most liberals do. That would make you a hypocrite which isn’t surprising from the sound of your comments.

      • Daryl

        Different Strokes,

        Are you a politician? You lie more than the person currently occupying the White House. Let’s just quote you on the things I said you said that you “didn’t say”

        “Keep dreaming you people, it DOES come down to race! If it weren’t for blacks invading and robbing these neighborhoods we would be ok. …these ghetto bangers stay in their own hood…”
        You have said here that it boils down to race. The motivating factor, in your small mind, is race. It is not possible in your world that other motives were at work because your own hatred is race driven. You have also conveniently ignored the fact that at least one of them was from South City to further support your hatred for North City residents, because they are poor and largely black.

        “…liberals and their liberal monkey children….” Once again, your ignorance and racism shines through. Nobody is confused by what you meant by “monkey children” you are racist trash. Your hatred bespeaks of the evil in your heart.

        “He might have lived on Penn but was from north city/county along with his ghetto thug accomplice.” Once again, transferring the crime of two specific people onto a race and the residents of an entire region.

        “Just stop while you’re ahead and quit putting excrement in my mouth too. I never said anything you claim.” Well, at least you realized that I’m “ahead” and winning this discussion. I am only pointing out the excrement that is already freely flowing from you. I hope now you can see that you have, in fact, said everything I claimed. You lie worse than a politician.

      • Daryl

        Spock,
        You should not presume to know me but yes, I oppose abortion. Your presumption that I am liberal would make EVERYONE that does no me laugh. I am a CCW practicing, conservative-leaning, prepper-minded, white male. I just don’t like to hear stupid people that cannot figure out the real issues and instead oversimplify things and spout their racist nonsense.

      • Different Strokes

        Daryl got to give you credit! A Liberal one minute and now a conservative the next! How did you changed so quick?! Good for you! As for racism, I’m not a racist, you do not know me either, you people see what you want to see or hear in those words. What i meant by monkey is “monkeying around, bunch of animals” could have easily been about a white kid too. You go turn it around and make it about race!? Geez. You sound like an underlying liberal but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. Crying “race” and “racism” goes on way too much in society nowadays and liberals have made it easy to cry racism at anytime like you people, especially when someone speaks of the obvious facts here. Nobody said the “N” word, that might be racist for a white to say, not a black. Fact is fact, two black guys came down and almost killed a white family or much worse. What do you not get about that dumb dumb? Your twisting my words. Have to say that everything boils down to race still. You can choose to be color blind or clueless all you want, doesn’t do you no good. Whoops sorry my bad, I made a mistake and need to correct myself…some white folk came up from south county and almost killed a black family. Now i don’t sound racist right? Stupid

      • Daryl

        You’re words speak for themselves, others are able to judge rightly. As for me, I am neither liberal or conservative. I have more in common with the conservative, perhaps even libertarian, positions. But I only seek to follow Jesus. When that seems to agree with liberals or conservatives, so be it.

      • Trans Terry

        Ooooh Daryl, only thing your winning is my undying love thirst for your weapon between them two peanuts. All that talk is making me thristy for more! Big Boy you sound so confused, why don’t you come on over to Terry and I’ll show you a good time, straighten you out, you seem like your that type. Once you go g a y you won’t stay away! A gun totting white male who can come cheat on behind your boyfriends back with Trans Terry! You sound so Magically Delicious!

    • Holly Redmond

      I live in this neighborhood and I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been approached or just yelled at from passing cars- black, white, Mexican, doesn’t matter: bunch of creepy pigs. When someone’s a threat, they’re a threat because of their entitled attitude- not the color of their skin. These disgusting wastes really and truly believe they are just entitled to whatever’s yours- stuff, body, whatever. They don’t care. Type O Negative said it best, “Sh*t comes in all hues.” Our home is another one that won’t wait for the police to arrive- and I’m pretty sure we’re not alone in that.

      I applaud the father in this situation- and I think those on both sides who are bringing up race need their heads checked. What part of “had a gun to his daughter’s head and were trying to force their way into the home” did you people miss, exactly?

  • Andrea

    This isn’t about race or racism. It’s about 2 people breaking the law and a father protecting his daughter. It doesn’t need to be read into further than that. The father was in the right, and even apologized to the suspects families for the pain they are going through for their loss. It was very respectful. Shame on anyone who has or have posted these previous ignorant comments. I pray you find the strength to further educate yourself and find peace with your apparent issues.

  • Jon

    I’m not going to judge since I don’t know the exact details, but isn’t it possible the daughter could have been caught in the crossfire. Seems kinda risky firing on someone who has their own gun pointed at a loved one.

  • well deserved

    i also live right down the street from there and I also have guns out the waazoo and two very big dogs ( won’t name the breed due to dumbass remarks of stupid people) but my house is well protected it just a shame he had to waste bullets on two worthless P.O.S.

  • Fact Checks

    Mom, fact checks here: nobody is speaking this was racially motivated, just speaking the facts, two black guys came down and were possibly trying to rob, r ape, and k i l l a white girl and her family. End of facts.

    • Daryl

      Why don’t you explain what you meant by “came down?” Because you can’t without showing your true self more clearly. One of them lived right on Pennsylvania. You ARE attributing the actions of a few to a whole group of people.

      • Zero Candy Bar

        Sounds like you’re a bit mad that your homeboy got away and the other got killed! Quit defending the black thugs and let’s sing praise for the white family!

      • Daryl

        Zero Candy Bar,
        You don’t know me. I don’t have a “homeboy” I’m a CCW practicing white male that would have done exactly what this father did (except I believe they would both be dead had I shot at them). The difference is this. I attribute it to the fact that they were criminals, not that they were black. I also do not believe that it is because they came from a certain part of the city. This is, apparently, a difficult leap of logic.

      • Trans Terry

        Daryl, or is it Derelict!? I want to get to know you big boy! You sound so handsome and g a y, mmmm CCW! Sounds so Delicious, where you keep that weapon at anyway honey bunz…i bet it’s hard to find sometimes between them two soybeans.

  • socojoe

    There has to be more to this story than what’s being reported. 2 armed men just happned to be walking down an unfamiliar street at the exact time that the daughter is retrieving something from her car, grab her, and force her back into the home (the only believable part of the story) while the father, with gun at the ready, opens up on them as they enter. It’s hard for me to believe that this was a totally random act. It’s more likely that they were either looking for him or wanted something that they knew he had. Crime does happen randomly and criminals are opportunists; but, in this particular instance it seems like there might be something else involved, too.

  • Geoff

    The lesson to be learned here is that you need to have your first six shots loaded with hollow points so they don’t go through walls just people. Use slugs for the other nine in case you have to fire through a wall to drop scum bags like this if needed.

  • Steve Koliski

    IIf liberals have their way. The family would of been dead, and those punks be robbing and killing again,, Thank God , the NRA and Jews for Firearms Preservation Organization.

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  • Daryl

    Actually, one of them was just down the road on Pennsylvania. But we don’t need him to show use that evil, violent people come from everywhere – you are proof enough of that.

  • Daryl

    The only difference between their evil and yours is theirs is illegal. You are clearly no better a person.

  • Lazy Liberal Leeches

    Daryl, I’d like for you to go up to that house and tell that to that family you idiot!

  • Anon

    LAZY LIBERAL LEECHES, Where in the story does it say that the family was white? That’s textbook stereotyping and racism, which you are both defending and contributing to. You should take some time to reflect on yourself, your education, and your values. If this is too much work, as it often can be, at least read the articles before you embarrass yourself.

  • Lazy Liberal Leeches

    Anon you silly liberal, listen to and watch the video, the Father certainly sounds white to me, plus he didn’t live around here. Wished he did! Another dumb liberal you are. The article “should” speak about whites and blacks, doesn’t mention it, but it is an underlying race issue that libs don’t want to talk about because they are the cause of racism nowadays. Goes to show the news is afraid to speak of black on white racism, but it’s ok to speak about white on black racism? That’s what you lazy liberal leeches have done to society, mucked it all up, it is what it is. If you believe that Dad’s voice is a black guy then I also believe Bigfoot is running for president, he’d be better anyway than this clown we got.

  • Spock

    Who’s not a better person? If we are not different (whoever your talking about) then why is one illegal and one legal. If the one is legal then it’s perfectly alright! Your reasoning and theory is unsound and makes no sense. Oh that’s right, Liberals have No Logic

  • Daryl

    You must have difficulty reading in context. My comment was not toward the family. The man seems to have done the right thing and I appreciate his regret that he was forced into such a situation. My comment was to the racist to whom I replied. Unless, of course, you knew what was saying and intend to defend their racism?

  • Jedi Master

    Ok Yoda, the hate and anger inside of these ghetto bangers, not us!? They were the ones desperate and full of hate, the two black guys, and we may never know what they were capable of doing, Thank God!

  • Emperor Obama

    Let the hate flow through you! You want this, don’t you? More taxes, debt, and more laws. The hate is swelling in you now. Take your gun. Use it. I am unarmed after outlawing your guns. Strike me down with it. Give in to your anger. With each passing moment you make yourself more my servant. It is unavoidable. It is your destiny. You, like your freedom, are now mine!

  • Mom

    I am not black and I completely agree Armed Liberal, only small minded people think of it as a racial or political issue. This is a people issue and I would have done the same thing. Only idiots want to argue about black people being criminals, the fact is that there are criminals in every race. There are a lot of successful black people, law abiding and tax paying citizens doing a lot of good in their communities. Stop being idiots and trying to lump all black people or all white people together. Our city is very diverse, we should use it to our advantage instead of trying to beat each other down.

  • Daryl

    You are to ignorant and racist to communicate with. This “liberal” has votes republican by the way.

  • confused

    I’m a father and I would do anything to protect my child, but what does George Zimmerman have to do with anything? That was the dumbest comment I have ever read.

  • Bomani

    You truly are an idiot and a racist, assuming just cause he sounds that way he’s white, I’m mixed race, Native/Black/White and if I was talking to someone on the phone they’d assume I was a white man until they saw me. I am really fed up with the racism people like you are spewing on things like this, the man was defending his daughter from two guys that had her at gun point, stop seeing it as a race issue its not its a father protecting his family.

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