The victim, identified by family members as Tyrell Thompson, was walking with a female friend near Olive and Walton around 1:15 a.m. when they were approached by two armed suspects who announced a robbery. Thompson got into an altercation with a third suspect and was then shot in his chest and back when he attempted to run away.
Thompson was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The female victim, who asked not to be identified, said Thompson was trying to protect her and stop the criminals at the same time. According to her, the gunmen fired upwards of 10 shots.
“I heard them shoot and I saw (Thompson) stop and fell to the ground,” she said.
The suspects remain at-large. They were last seen fleeing the area in a dark-colored vehicle.
Tyrell’s father, Tyrone Thompson, was murdered during a robbery in Black Jack back in 2010. Tyrone served as president of the St. Louis Martin Luther King Jr. Non-Violence Support Group, he was a former police chief, a state investigator, a mentor young adults, and the son of former Missouri State Rep. Betty Thompson.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.