A retired police captain was shot dead by looters as he protected his friend’s jewellery shop in the US, with the entire horrific incident broadcast on Facebook Live.
David Dorn was shot and killed yesterday morning after responding to a burglary at his friend, Lee Rascover’s pawn and jewellery shop.
The 77-year-old was murdered in downtown St Louis, Missouri, and his body was found on the pavement by other police officers who had received a call at around 2:30am about the shooting.
He was found suffering from a gunshot wound to his torso, according to St Louis Public Radio.
A witness who saw the Facebook Live video said it had “sickened” him.
Marquaello Futrell wrote: “The man just was shot and killed outside of Lee’s Pawn and Jewellery has me sick to my stomach.”
He added: “It’s one thing to be a victim of a robbery/assault but to lie in you own blood pleading for help and no help comes other than people standing around on FB Live recording his death. All over social media. I’m upset and can’t sleep!”
State Rep. Rasheen Aldridge, D-St. Louis also said he witnessed the whole incident on the live-streaming platform.
He said: “Things escalated at the Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry shop, where the man was killed, and to see his body, I mean, on Facebook, it was almost like — you know that’s how we’ve seen George Floyd’s body, and you know that’s not the change that we are pushing for.”
The traumatic video has now been removed.
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said: “During a looting process, David Dorn was exercising law enforcement training that he learned here, so in his honour, we are wearing our mourning bands.”
David had served with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for 38 years before retiring in 2007 as a captain.
He later served as the police chief of Moline Acres in north St. Louis County.
David was a good friend of the pawnshop owner after serving as a liaison between the business association and local police.
Details of the shooting have not been released as of yet and no one has been arrested.
In a press release by the Ethical Society of Police which represents black police officers in the area, it said David was “the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to’.”
Protests began in the US before spreading across the world after unarmed black man George Floyd died at the hands of a white police officer in the city of Minneapolis.