Protesters Demand Justice For Fugitive Shot While Pointing Gun At Police

Terry Tillman was fatally shot by a Richmond Heights police officer after he pointed a gun at another officer.

St. Louis, MO – Protesters have been staging demonstrations in front of City Hall and the St. Louis Galleria mall in support of a gunman who was fatally shot by police on Aug. 31.

The suspect, 23-year-old Terry Tillman, was inside the Galleria when an officer spotted an “extended magazine” tucked into his waistband, KSDK reported.

The officer made contact with Tillman and told him about the mall’s no-gun policy, at which point he took off running, police said.

Officers chased after Tillman as he ran out of the mall and onto a parking structure nearby.

He then raised his firearm and pointed it at a Richmond Heights police officer, prompting another officer to open fire, KSDK reported.

The officer fired seven rounds, hitting the suspect three to five times, police said.

He was fatally struck in the front of his torso, despite protesters’ claims that he was shot in the back, KSDK reported.

Police said they later learned that Tillman could not legally possess a firearm due to his criminal history and he had an outstanding felony warrant for stealing.

"They just want to switch the whole story up and then have another," one of Tillman's friends told the news outlet. "Even if he was running away, you could've let him go. You could've shot him in the leg and he would've stopped."

Approximately 25 demonstrators gathered at the Galleria on Sept. 2 to protest the officer-involved shooting.

They marched through the mall, then headed over to the intersection of Clayton Road and Brentwood Boulevard to block traffic.

About five minutes later, the mob went back to the mall, but were turned away by Galleria management, KSDK reported.

Police ordered them to disperse, so the protesters went and blocked traffic at the intersection of Galleria Parkway and Brentwood Boulevard.

Police again ordered them to disperse approximately 12 minutes later.

Two of the protesters ignored the officers’ orders, and remained out in the street. Both were arrested.

On Sept. 6, Tillman’s supporters staged two demonstrations – one at the Galleria and one outside City Hall, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

“It feels great to see everyone here supporting my brother,” Tillman’s sister, Rachel Jones, told the news outlet. “The police know what they did and they know they are wrong.”

Approximately 50 people took part in the demonstrations. Some of them were armed.

A group of about 20 people walked out onto South Bend Boulevard and blocked traffic until police warned them to get out of the road, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The group then marched up Interstate 64 to the Galleria, and continued to march inside and outside the mall.

“This is an open-carry state for all, not just the white man," protest organizer Mike Avery told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I’m here because Richmond Heights needs to see a black man with a gun. Tillman is the reason we are here. He was a black man with a gun and in my eyes that’s why he was shot dead.”

Florissant resident Toni Broyles said that the officer-involved shooting was a “double standard.”

“Two [white] people were just shooting at the police and they were taken in alive, but it seems like when a black person comes out with a gun there’s never any de-escalation, it’s just shoot to kill and they’re never taken in alive to tell their side of the story,” Broyles declared.

Police said they have been reviewing 158 hours of surveillance footage taken from the mall property as part of the investigation into the officer-involved shooting, KSDK reported.

St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell said that his office has been monitoring the investigation.

“In tragic cases like these, it is important to understand that the need to inform the public has to be balanced with ensuring the integrity of the investigation,” Bell said on Sept. 3. “We are receiving constant updates, and I am confident that everything that needs to be done is being done.”

“I am fully aware of how sensitive this issue is and I want to assure all residents a thorough and detailed investigation is being conducted,” he continued. “I ask for patience as this process unfolds and I will update the community as more information becomes available.”

Comments (102)
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LynnSB
LynnSB

Wow you People are in SERIOUS need of Mental Health Help !! He was a Criminal and Pointed a Gun at a Police Officer -- He got just what he deserved !!!

Bobby1874
Bobby1874

Just some more thug hugging liberal Democrats

Democrats have morphed into the trade union for America's malignancies. Thugs, criminals, MS13, dishonest attorneys, lying reporters, radicals, illegals, and anything else that runs counter to our constitution, norms, laws, or sovereignty is a welcome vote to Democrats.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Felon posses an illegal firearm and tries to murder a police officer with it but is taken out before he gets a shot off. Sounds like an open and shut case to me.

deputydawg17
deputydawg17

His Black Life Matters NOT!!!

deputydawg17
deputydawg17

His Black Life Matters NOT!!!!

OldVet
OldVet

Sounds like he got the justice he deserved.

Shepard
Shepard

I'm good with it.

4thaBlue
4thaBlue

Ridiculously living in a fairytale world. His Black life would’ve mattered if he was a contributing citizen. But in this case he wasn’t.

Justretired
Justretired

Someone ought too dump a hive of african honeybees on that protesting a$$, see if they see color!

flybynight
flybynight

Come on retarded vet. Don't drop the ball now!!!!!!

4thaBlue
4thaBlue

Not for nothing but, the only “shy” one in the picture is the black lady hiding her face with the sign at a BLACK LIVES MATTER bitch session. Now that’s how you try to put some momentum behind the story with just the picture, take pictures of the only white people at a black peoples protest. Why shy away if you’re so “for the cause” lady? You’re already there holding the sign? Don’t be scared. Or are you actually hiding because you’re standing next to white people? Which in your case your “causes objective” would be counter productive? Isn’t that why “Black lives matter” was born? To grumble why black people are being killed by police? Specifically white police? And then it turned out to be black people being killed by anyone else who’s NOT black? I haven’t seen a protest about a black person killing another black person unless it was a black police officer killing the black person. And you 3 white ladies. We all know why you’re there, because you dislike police or you’re trying to suck up to these protesting group because you’re racist also. Trust me, to them you’re nothing special but just more white people getting into everyone else’s business. But on that day you’re “tolerated” because you’re whining about what they’re whining about. And the next day, you’ll be forgotten. I’m just calling it like I see it in the picture.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

I see more of Soros Money paying these LOSER to make idiots of themselves Sad how people will do ANYTHING for money, Just sad.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

According to the Missouri State Courts Administration website, Terry J. Tillman, 23, was previously convicted of 1st degree robbery (10 year suspended sentence), and it appears that there was a warrant for his arrest for felony Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm.

If I am reading it correctly.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

"“This is an open-carry state for all, not just the white man," protest organizer Mike Avery told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I’m here because Richmond Heights needs to see a black man with a gun. Tillman is the reason we are here. He was a black man with a gun and in my eyes that’s why he was shot dead.”"

I don't think Richmond Heights needs to see a black man with a gun; I'm sure they see it quite frequently. The reason he's dead is not because he was a black man with a gun: the reason he's dead is because he aimed the gun at a law enforcement officer, and they ended the deadly threat before he could murder them.

They de-escalated the situation properly, and Tillman learned that when you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes. Now I'm waiting for the family to demand the ghetto lottery ticket from Richmond Heights.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I'm starting to see a pattern here. All the victims that the Black Lives Matter mobs come out for, are not only black... they are also criminals!

JBo
JBo

"Protesters Demand Justice For Fugitive Shot..."

Too late. Justice was already served. Next?

gfc1963
gfc1963

You cannot make this shit up can you?? These muppets need to decide which side they are on - either the police or felons like this one. Got what he deserved.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Question is, why was he in a mall with an extended magazine in the first place?? And was this officer a mall cop? Not the most experienced folks on the whole

toughguy
toughguy

Maybe progressive educators need to start teaching people pointing a gun at a police officer isn't a good idea unless your goal is suicide by police officer...

csh
csh

Justice has already been done. He's off the streets and can not ever hurt or do criminal acts ever again. He got what he deserved. It's not a black thing at all. It's about what is right and wrong and he was a criminal that did bad things and now he's gone.

mtblantonjr
mtblantonjr

He should have just put in reverse and backed up!!

James Robinson
James Robinson

Hey Rachael, your brother was a dirtball who thought he was a gangsta. He decided he was Barney Baddass and decided to point a gun at a cop and got what he deserved. And you're an idiot for not understanding why. As for the protesters, it just gives credence to the comment: the masses in the ghetto are assets.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

You have to stop and wonder if they really believe what they are protesting about or is it just a matter of somehow being hip, trendy and anti anything good and just about this country.

StandforUS
StandforUS

You people are crazy. This man was told that guns were not allowed in the Mall, he started running away from the security guard. When the police officer wanted to TALK to him, he again took off. He evaded police. When they caught up to him, he turned and pointed a gun at the officer. How many times will this happen before you realize --- when an officer tells you stop, drop your weapon, you do it. You don't turn with the gun in your hand and point it toward the officer. IT ISN'T GOING TO END WELL FOR YOU. DO you not talk amongst yourselves and say, If I am ever in this situation I am going to drop my gun, I am not going to run, I am not going to flee in a car. Do you not see that this does not end well. This is law enforcements job - to catch people that are doing something that they are not supposed to be doing. This man for some reason was not supposed to be carrying a gun and he ran away. When he realized he was going to get caught he should have just given up. HE WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY IF HE WOULD HAVE JUST STOPPED. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. Quit blaming his death on anyone but himself. He was the person in control of his fate, no one else. The blame is on him. People would love to hear you protesters say: I wish he would have stopped. I wish he would not have ran. I wish he would not have had a gun. I wish he would not have been so dumb. I wish he would have stayed home. But you want to blame everyone else except the person that needs to be blamed. So Rachel Jones, your brother Terry Tillman would be alive today if he had made better choices, not the police. What he did was wrong. The minute he walked into the Galleria, he was wrong.

SARick
SARick

Pretty sure he already got justice.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

If the cop isn’t in a position to protect his own life; he most certainly isn’t in a position to protect mine. The coffin-stuffer in the story was evidently tired of living. I, however, am not. Good work Blue.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

“You could’ve shot him in the leg and he would’ve stopped.” A firearm in that situation is meant to be an equalising response to a lethal threat - not an instrument of restraint. If that were the case, there would be a lot more of you with very bad limps, and even louder complaints to make.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Perhaps these people's minds would be changed if he started shooting at them........We don't hear any complaints when a person goes shooting up malls, theaters, etc, yet they protest when one is shot, aiming at cops. Would they also complain if the shooter would have hit innocent bystanders? Probably because the cops forced him to shoot. These people are totally nuts.

qazwiz
qazwiz

ONLY WAY FOR JUSTICE 1)resurrect the scumbag 2)put on trial 3)give death penalty assaulting police officer (aiming is assault, threatening is assault making contact/harming is battery) or 1)make a tombstone "good riddance to bad rubbish) THE END

J10107
J10107

I'm sick and tired of this bullshit rhetoric !!!

A scumbag, who should have never had possession of a gun, pointed it at a law enforcement officer and he thought what ??? They were going to run away ???

There should be a law against the lies protesters post online and state to the news media after the video evidence shows the truth.

vwiles34
vwiles34

When are these ass hats going to learn? You point a gun at a cop and you get shot. And these people saying they could have shot him in the leg or could have let him go. Well he could have not run and could have not pointed his gun at a cop. Also the problem wasn't him being a black man with a gun as these racist want to spin it. It was a man who just happened to be black carrying a gun concealed in a mall with a no gun policy who when confronted ran because he was a felon who shouldn't have had a gun in the first place. And who then pointed his gun at a police officer. So what is there to really protest ( just another piss poor excuse to make up a bunch of bs ) By the racist blacks.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

We all have our own moral compass and these idealistic, ignorant, never earned a dime in their life, entitled white children think they can save the world when in reality they can’t save themselves.

If you have a firearm, do not hold it in your hands when approached by a cop. If you do, you’re too stupid to live in society.

killer93
killer93

Justice served! End of story

LynnSB
LynnSB

Re: Protesters Demand Justice For Fugitive Shot While Pointing Gun At Police >> MF'er GOT Justice !!!

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

What is wrong with these Liberals. With that guys position of a gun illegally and the Cops let him run off and then opened fire on shopper's these libtards would have been yelling out Mass Shooting, attacking our 2nd Amendment and blaming the Cops for not stopping him when they had a chance. Bottom line you can't fix stupid.

Yourworstnightmare
Yourworstnightmare

Fuck niggers. Nothing but filth.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Ignorant assholes. Point a gun at a cop and you'll get wasted. End of story.

DC-TX
DC-TX

Something about lesbian looking white ladies protesting for BLM that just rubs me the wrong way. Anyone with me? Anyone?

Digger15108
Digger15108

Justice has already been served.

Ladycplum
Ladycplum

Apparently being Black gives you a free pass for anything these days

FJClair725
FJClair725

People need to take responsibility for their actions. Blaming law enforcement for protecting themselves is just B.S. First of all the man was carrying illegally, secondly he ran from police, thirdly he drew his weapon and pointed it at police. The police officer who shot him did the right thing. His race had nothing to do with it.

cspcapt
cspcapt

Isn't anyone tired of this bull@##s

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

He got his justice..delivered at Amazon.com speed!

kenpodude1999
kenpodude1999

He got the justice he deserved.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

And if the cops let the Ooga Booga enter the mall and he shot the place up these same morons would ask (or ax in their language) why the police didnt stop him. More dumb Dindus being dumb Dindus

DeiselDemon92
DeiselDemon92

Gee was he gonna shoot the officer in the leg? These people who support this type of criminal activity need to be locked away!

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

I.D.I.O.T.S.

The express
The express

Do you see all these dumb F- ing white liberals? They vote sad very sad.

Flynguy
Flynguy

“The Po-leases no wut day dit and day no day is rong” my bruver ain’t even did nuffin! It’s great to see justice served swiftly on these fucking douche nozzles. The punk was J.A.S.Y.N.

Shoken7373
Shoken7373

Why is it ok for a so called African American to try and shoot A Law Enforcement Officer? Do people actually think this is ok? Now it is sounding like if the color of your skin is black you don't have to abide by the laws in this great country. Yah, that's why they call themselves African Americans, not AMERICANS!!!