Dead Man's Family's GoFundMe Fails After Video Shows Him Trying To Kill Cop

A 31-year-old St. Louis police officer suffered severe head and mouth injuries as a result of the Dec. 12 encounter.

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Police Department (SLPD) has released security camera footage that captured the moment a suspect in a stolen vehicle dragged a police officer with the SUV and crashed into a nearby gas pump.

The driver, later identified as 29-year-old Demario Bass, was fatally shot by the officer during the harrowing encounter, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The incident occurred on Dec. 12, after a license plate reader spotted a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe that had been reported stolen two days prior, according to KMOV.

City officers were alerted that the vehicle had been seen near the intersection of Lillian and Goodfellow just before 1 p.m.

A moment later, Bass pulled into a nearby BP gas station, and parked at one of the pumps, surveillance footage showed.

A St. Louis police vehicle drove into the lot and parked in front of Bass, blocking his exit.

The officer in the passenger seat then jumped out and raced over to the driver’s side of the stolen SUV.

He yanked the door open, and became pinned between the door and the vehicle as Bass suddenly slammed the vehicle into reverse.

The video showed the suspect vehicle as it drove backwards in an arc, dragging the officer along, until it crashed into another gas pump nearby.

“We believe the officer discharged his weapon sometime between confronting the suspect at the driver-door of the suspect vehicle and when the vehicle was involved in the accident,” the SLPD said in a statement, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The 31-year-old officer then toppled to the ground headfirst, as another officer rushed to grab Bass from the driver’s seat.

Bass was transported to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest, and later succumbed to his injuries, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The officer he nearly killed suffered a “very significant” head injury and trauma to his mouth, and was transported to the hospital in fair condition, St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said at the time.

He has since been released from the hospital, and is recovering at his home, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

While searching the stolen SUV, investigators also recovered an undisclosed quantity of illegal drugs.

Bass’ mother, Dionne Willis, claimed that police overreacted and killed her son simply because he was driving a stolen vehicle.

"Even if the car wasn't right they did not have to do that to him," Willis told KSDK. “I want answers. Nobody has told me anything.”

Although the video showed the officer as he exited the cruiser and approached Bass, Willis claimed police cut out the portion of the video that showed what happened prior to the officer-involved shooting.

"They didn't show the part that I did see. That's not there," said Willis. “It didn’t solve anything. They didn’t show the whole video. They showed what they thought made them safe.”

Willis said she also isn’t convinced that her son had anything to do with stealing the SUV.

"Personally, I cannot say what he would or wouldn't have had,” she told KSDK. “He's not known for stealing a car.”

“I don’t know why they shot him,” Willis said. “Why did it get this far? What made it go so fast?”

As of Tuesday morning, a GoFundMe account titled “Justice for Demario Bass” had raised $150 in the week since it had been established.

“He was unarmed and defenseless,” the page read. “His family is still seeking answers for why this had to happen to him by the people who swore to protect the public.”

You can watch the security footage of the officers’ encounter with Bass in the video below:

Comments (34)
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ffangel4u
ffangel4u

One word- Karma

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

He wasn't unarmed. He was driving a 2 ton weapon.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Momma raised a car thief though she said he wasn't known for stealing cars. Wake up Momma and your baby's daddy, you raised a criminal. Too bad society doesn't hold you responsible for the crappy job you did. He knew what he was doing when he backed up the car. He was trying to avoid arrest, get the officer off the car and then leave... You're an idiot if your baby did no wrong.

JBo
JBo

“I don’t know why they shot him,” Willis said.

Well...here's an explanation: You raised a criminal who robs, steals and tries to kill other people. You may have well pulled the trigger yourself.

markkr
markkr

I read the news station article that mentions what happens. I deliberately leaves out the part tht the police officer was severely injured. It does mention the mother does not know why her baby

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

Not known as a car thief per Mom....No, just a drug dealer. "She saw" was she at scene?

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

One less highest common dipshit running the streets.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Maybe BLM can start a black community campaign to teach African Americans to understand the concept of “Comply”.

Katarina
Katarina

I could offer condolences to this mom for the loss of her son. It gets hard to do when the first thing they look for is a pay out before even planning a funeral. They could teach them right from wrong and the consequences of breaking the law. Instead they seem to have a shyster lawyer on speed dial for a law suit and a GoFundMe account started before the body is cold. Priorities are a bit muddled.

MDANDER
MDANDER

I would have shot his mfing ass too!!! Wow. Thank you Officers!!! GO BLUE!!!!

Reppoc493
Reppoc493

Let's not call him unarmed please, he was using a 3000 pound auto as a weapon!

negolien
negolien

I' am sure the idiot liberals running the City there gave the family millions in some settlement in a lame attempt to grab votes like they always do.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Totally justified in shooting this prick. Good job. Go blue!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Oh please!! Lady, you failed as a parent but don't want to admit it. Instead of going on tv and looking like a fool, why don't you and your family just stay quiet and hide in your shame!! Your "boy" is a criminal thug!! He was in a stolen vehicle full of illegal drugs and in his attempt to flee, injured an officer. His weapon was the vehicle you idiot!! It's amazing how fast you've got a Gofundme going and a lawyer representing you before your "boy" is even cold and in the ground. That tells me right there, you are nothing but a hustler and looking for a payday!!

junkmansj
junkmansj

Ghetto Lottery winner

NomonK
NomonK

Oh my God! This Scumbag could have easily caused the officer to accidentally pull the trigger as the car slammed to a stop throwing the officer deeper into the car. When will people learn to follow orders from police. If they violate your rights SUE the hell out of them but OBEY THEIR EVERY COMMAND.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

GoFundThat!

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

His daddy didn't do suck a good job teaching him right from wrong.

MSK
MSK

The simple answer to all of your why, why, why’s Ms Willis is - Because your kid was a scumbag!

GForce48
GForce48

"Fund a Thug"...no thanks!

Whoo me
Whoo me

His mother is a stupid b****!! You raised a criminal, than blame everybody else because he get killed on his crime spree. What the GoFundMe so I can write something nasty up there?

Slothman
Slothman

What's the world coming to when a mother can't expect her criminal son to not be injured or killed while committing a felony where said son may injure or kill someone. It's an insane world

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

But he was such a good boy..same old story..from thugs families everytime. Gets old n no one believes it but other thugs n their families. Go get a job n maybe attend parenting classes. Then u wont raise drug dealers n murderers..

JohnP
JohnP

He was trying to turn his life around...

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

My mother would cry when the police would come to question my brother about a missing car. "Why do they always blame my son" My answer? Because your son is a f....ing car thief. When it got to where she couldn't bail him out (with money we could have bought groceries with) he had to do two years in prison. He came out a changed man and lived a good life. If he got prison to begin with our lives would have been way better. No sympathy for bad guys here.