President Donald Trump honored retired St. Louis Police Capt. David Dorn on Tuesday, June 2, after Dorn was allegedly shot and killed by looters outside of Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry store.
“Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you!” President Trump wrote in a tweet with a photo of Dorn.
Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/0ouUpoJEQ4
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
A graphic video circulated online that reportedly showed Dorn lying on the sidewalk after being shot. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Dorn was shot in the torso about 2:30 am and died in front of the shop. No arrest has been made.
Dorn, 77, served 38 years on the St. Louis Police Force before retiring in October 2007. He then became police chief in Moline Acres. Dorn was a friend of the pawn shop’s owner and worked for him. He showed up to check the business when alarms went off, his wife, Ann Marie Dorn, who also works for St. Louis police, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Tim Fitch, the former St. Louis County police chief, praised Dorn as a “true public servant.”
“Protecting & serving all the way to the end. None of us who knew you are surprised you went out fighting at Lee’s Pawn this morning. God speed my friend,” he tweeted.
St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers announced a reward up to $10,000 for information that leads to the felony arrest in the murder of Dorn.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called out the “Leftist anarchists” for Dorn’s death and accused the mainstream media of ignoring the murder.
“Did his life matter? Or was he not black?” Cruz tweeted. “Do the Leftist anarchists celebrates his death? Hollywood? And the media ignores. ‘Peaceful protest.'”
Did his life matter? Or was he not black?
Do the Leftist anarchists celebrates his death?
And the media ignores.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 3, 2020
Cities across the United States have seen protests and violence since George Floyd, a black man, died May 25 in Minneapolis police custody. The police station and cars were set on fire and law enforcement officials were physically attacked amid violent riots.
Among the attacks, four police officers were hit by gunfire amid a protest-turned-riot in St. Louis on Tuesday.