ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis police officer that had been shot in the head whilst reacting to a shooting on the town’s south side expired Sunday, police said.
Officer Tamarris L. Bohannon, 29, was with the division for 3 1/2 decades.
Another officer that had been shot in the leg had been treated and released following the shooting about 6 pm at the South Grand area near Tower Grove Park, St. Louis Police Department spokeswoman Officer Michelle Woodling stated.
Woodling said the next officer would be 30 and continues to be on the drive about half an hour. The 43-year-old defendant has been taken into custody Sunday afternoon, Woodling stated.
Mayor Lyda Krewson said in a statement Sunday night she was”heartbroken” in Bohannon’s passing. “I have had the chance of spending a while with his loved ones under these exceptionally challenging conditions. They are wonderful people and exceptionally pleased with how he selflessly protected and served our community with distinction and honor for at least three decades.”
“That is a dreadful reminder of the risks our courageous people willingly confront daily to keep us secure… That is a horrible, senseless tragedy”
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief John Hayden stated the gunman purchased a family from the house at gunpoint and then barricaded himself for nearly 12 hours.
Trainers were looking for another documented shooting victim once the gunman took Bohannon from the mind and another officer at the leg,” Hayden explained.
The officers have been”attempting to perform their job, that is all they are attempting to do and they are enduring under gunfire,” Hayden said, adding that the events are a part of”a spike in violence” summer time. He asked people to beg for its officers.
Hayden stated eight of the officers are taken on the line of duty as June 1.
“We are attempting to deal through an extremely stressful summer, and it is very hard. It is very hard,” he explained.
Even though the guy has been barricaded inside, officers armed with rifles and a SWAT team built outside. Police shut surrounding roads and warned residents to remain indoors. Authorities used a bullhorn to arrange the defendant out and fired tear gas to the home, but fired no more gunshots, ” the department stated.
The person had been taken into custody about 5:30 a.m. Authorities have released no specifics about the way the standoff came to a finish.
Homeowners Mimi and Steve Haag stated they were attempting to telephone 911 to assist the other guy who was shot while the gunman simply walked in their residence.
“I watched afterward he had a gun,” Steve Haag informed the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “He was really calm position there using it in his hands and he simply claims to Mimi:”’Ma’am you want to get off your telephone. ”’
The Haags escaped through the rear door and had been unhurt in their experience with the gunman. Authorities were not able to find another guy who was allegedly shot and injured.
Krewson tweeted that her condolences after the episode.
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“please maintain our wounded officers and most of the women and men of @SLMPD on your thoughts and prayers because this situation continues to grow. Their friends, family and nearest and dearest, also,” Krewson said.
Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, with a fractious relationship with the town’s authorities, also issued a declaration of service.
“We extend our deepest concern and despair surrounding the unlucky occasions,” Gardner informed KDSK-TV. “I need to expand my prayers to the wounded SLMPD officers and their loved ones ”