Hundreds Mourn Retired St. Louis Police Capt. David Dorn Killed in Looting

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Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis

Hundreds of people mourned at a public visitation Tuesday for retired St. Louis Police Capt. David Dorn, who was shot and killed by a looter during the protests over George Floyd’s death in the city.

Dorn was killed while reportedly trying to defend his friend’s pawn shop, Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry, on June 2, after a protest descended into a riot.

Stephan Cannon, 24, who is suspected of killing Dorn, was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree robbery, one count of first-degree burglary, one count of felon in possession of a firearm, and three counts of armed criminal action, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner said in a statement Sunday.

Dorn was shot and killed by looters who broke into the pawn shop and left his body there. Investigators say his body was found on the sidewalk at 2:30 a.m.

Hundreds of people showed support for the fallen officer at his public memorial service on Tuesday.

St. Louis Police Department Chief John Hayden paid tribute to Dorn as a “fine captain.”

“Many of us, the other officers, looked up to him,” Hayden said. “Was very well-liked, very pleasant. And his wife still works here. So a very sad time for our agency. We will honor him.”

Dorn served 38 years in the St. Louis Police Department.

A private memorial service honoring Dorn’s life will be held Wednesday.

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