CrimeStoppers is offering a $40,000 reward for information that leads to the arrests of the subject(s) responsible for Dorn’s death. You can call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).
“The fact that he was protecting and serving, this is the way, I feel in my heart of hearts that he would have liked to leave this earth,” said Dorn’s son, Brian Powell.
Officials with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) said Dorn, 77, was shot in the torso around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. Police said he was shot by people looting Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry shop during a night of vandalism and destruction across St. Louis.
David Dorn joined the police academy in November 1969 and graduated in May 1970. He was assigned to Patrol Support when he retired from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in October 2007. Dorn leaves behind his wife Ann, who is a sergeant with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. “For somebody to take his life like that and he has family … he has children. It’s hard,” Vanissa Powell said of her father-in-law. “It’s really hard that we won’t physically see him again.”
Police have not made any arrests nor released any surveillance video. The shooting was broadcast on Facebook Live. The video has since been removed. The boarded-up pawn shop is now a growing memorial site. A sign is taped to the outside that reads, “Y’all killed a black man because they killed a black man? Rest in Peace.”
Dorn’s family is hopeful the shooter comes forward, but Brian Powell said his father would want them to practice forgiveness. “My dad wouldn’t be mad, he’d try to give them another chance,” Brian Powell said.