St. Louis police release video of 7 ‘persons of interest’ in retired officer’s death

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police have released a surveillance video of seven persons of interest in the murder of retired police Captain David Dorn.

Dorn was shot to death as a pawn shop he was protecting was looted. He was 77.

The video shows all seven people, at least two of them with guns in their hands, inside Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry on MLK Drive near Sarah Street in north St. Louis round 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, around the same time Dorn was shot to death.

The video shows all seven people entering through the shattered glass of the shop’s front door during the rioting and looting that followed the earlier, peaceful, protests of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota 11 days ago.

The video shows all seven run throughout the store. One appears to have a cut on his left hand. Another points a gun toward the door.

The beloved Dorn served 38 years with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and later served as chief of the Moline Acres Police Department.

Dorn was a friend of the shop owner and would check on the place when burglar alarms were set off.

The CrimeStoppers reward in the case has grown to $46,000. CrimeStoppers has received a copy of a Facebook Live that shows Dorn’s dying moments as the looting continued. It has also been turned over to investigators.

“I worked with Capt. Dorn for many years,” said Lisa Pisciotta, CrimeStoppers executive director. “I love the man, I love the family. I can’t watch that (Facebook post). I sent it to the investigators…He’s every man. He’s every woman. He’s every police officer. That was so unnecessary, so egregious, so horrible. We can do everything in our power to find out who this person was and make sure they’re not able to do it again.”

CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $46,000 for tip information that leads the police to arrest the person or persons responsible.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371, or anyone with a tip who wants to remain anonymous and is interested in a reward can contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

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