Charges Dropped, Prosecutor Releases Gunman Who Shot Man In Street

Holly Matkin

St. Louis Police Officers Association President Jeff Roorda called the footage "gruesome."

St. Louis, MO – A suspect who repeatedly shot a man during a confrontation in the middle of the street was released from custody without being charged, despite the fact that the entire shooting was caught on video (video below).

“It’s certainly enough to charge the guy,” outraged St. Louis Police Officers Association (POA) President Jeff Roorda told KMOV. “No one can watch that video and think that guy has to be on the street.”

The violent altercation occurred at the intersection of Sarah and Lindell at approximately 2:50 p.m. on April 10, KSDK reported.

A witness managed to capture cell phone footage of the incident from a nearby window, according to KMOV.

According to the POA, the argument began after a motor vehicle collision.

The video showed a man in a blue shirt as he yelled at a woman and a man who was wearing a dark-colored shirt.

A moment later, the man in the dark-colored shirt pulled out a gun and fired it at the man in the blue shirt.

The woman ran for cover as the gunman fired additional rounds at the man he had already shot, the video showed.

Bullets hit the victim in the back, shoulder, and stomach, KMOV reported.

Officers said he was in and out of consciousness prior to being rushed to a local hospital, according to KSDK.

He is expected to survive his wounds, KMOV reported.

Roorda said that he and his fellow officers were frustrated to learn that the gunman was released from custody one day after the shooting.

The unnamed suspect has not been charged.

But Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office argued that the POA should not have spoken out about the case, and claimed that police investigators said the shooting was “self-defense,” KMOV reported.

“The police brought the case citing self-defense. We have requested further evidence and will evaluate whether or not to issue charges once we have all the information,” Gardner’s office said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that the police union has inserted themselves in this case when all the facts are not known.”

The POA blasted Gardner in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

“Kim Gardner’s claim that police brought the case and cited self-defense is patently false,” the post read. “So not only is she opening the doors to the jails in the middle of a [pandemic] she is refusing to prosecute people who shoot unarmed people.”

Roorda noted that police conducted a “thorough investigation,” and that plenty of evidence exists to charge the shooter, KMOV reported.

“It’s not just the video – it’s the totality of the investigation,” the union president added.

Comments (42)
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flybynight
flybynight

SB vs SB?

Avian195
Avian195

What video??? SMH...

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

WHERE IS THE VIDEO!?!?!?!?

JBoH
JBoH

Well, the victim was only "repeatedly shot"...it's not like somebody was trying to kill him. /sarc

LEO0301
LEO0301

Well, why should we worry about releasing dangerous people from the jails? It's the new norm in our pandemic world. Let them go, we wouldn't want them to face the coronavirus behind bars.

Laughriot
Laughriot

Hope the perp gets in a wreck with Kim Gardner next.

lolamae
lolamae

Yea ok what VIDEO?

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Once again, I must say we're releasing prisoners because we care about them catching the COVID 19? That's like worrying about a rapist catching VD or some other disease, isn't it? Perhaps they should offer to buy or rent places for the released felons as well and give them a 12 pack, along with a cigar? It's unbelievable what some are doing these days for people who violate the law

Andytheman
Andytheman

Who took down the video!

Andytheman
Andytheman

Who took down the video I said?

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

WTF???

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

WTF!

MBrown843
MBrown843

Kim Gardner AGAIN? She needs to go....

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Maybe it was self defense? I mean, just because he shot the other person doesn't mean his life wasn't threatened. IDK, maybe there is more to the story that the prosecutor found that the cops didn't.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Without the video it's a he said she said thing. Everyone who owns a gun and has the legal right to carry it, also has the right to use it in self defense. Just ask George Zimmerman!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another bleeding heart, hug-a-thug, liberal prosecutor "hard" at work.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

That's bullshit!! Apparently they were arguing but the guy he shot had his hands in his pockets! He didn't produce a weapon or lunge at the man. This was not self defense!!

DR226
DR226

That "Short Circuit" Attorney Gardner should be run out of town. She's already shown she's biased and incompetent in performing her job.

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

Film at 11? Where is it?

ikaika
ikaika

The Kims are hard at work doing their best to aid criminals!

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

Yeah thats not Right if the shooter would have been a home owner in his own house protecting his property and a bad guy burglar broke in if the home owner would have shot the bad guy burglar they would have arrested the home owner who shot in self defence to stop the threating burglar what state did that happen in if the other person had his hands in his pockets and was not advancing towords the man with the gun that sounds like murder to me

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

I THINK WE NEED TO BRING HOME OUR US NAVY SEALS TO CLEAN UP ST LOUIS


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