Fatal Dutchtown shooting has neighbors questioning race and policing


Update: Dan Rathmann is in police custody as of this morning.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Craig Williams, 23, was shot and killed by one of his neighbors in Dutchtown on March 26 sparking more controversy in the area around race and police involvement on white on black crime. Neighbors are voicing their concerns.

It was a little over three weeks ago when Williams and his pregnant girlfriend got into a loud argument that attracted the attention of neighbors in his own front yard. A video surfaced showing Dan Rathmann, a neighbor who lives one building down, walk outside with a gun and shoot Williams in cold blood.

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rathmann told police he saw Willaims choking his girlfriend in the front yard and felt he needed to intervene.

According to neighbors who witnessed the event and watched the video, they say that never happened.

Residents have been uneasy knowing a white man was not arrested by police after killing a young black man on his own property.

Since the incident, St. Louis City Police have issued warrants for Rathmann’s arrest: one count of second-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action. He was at-large until this morning.

Charlotte Grider has lived in the neighborhood since 2014 and said she has seen an increase in hate crimes against minorities in the area.

She herself, was a victim for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

“As far as what happened to Craig, it feels like there’s a pattern of violence in the neighborhood and there’s an effort to push people out of the neighborhood,” Grider said. “My home’s been burglarized. I’ve been assaulted. The police are not interested in protecting certain people. So it doesn’t surprise me at all that they would let a white man get away with killing a black man.”

On Sunday at 2 p.m. the Williams family will be holding a peaceful protest asking for justice for Craig at the Metro Police Department.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.


Latest News

More News