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.”

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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.

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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.

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flybynight
flybynight

Coffin stuffer hahaha good one 👍

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

I thought you’d like that.

flybynight
flybynight

Have another beer on me 👍

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Ive already got a war crime of a hangover, but as soon as I can get off the bathroom floor....challenge accepted!

flybynight
flybynight

Steady my friend, steady.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

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flybynight
flybynight

Yikes!!!!!!! ☠️🙏

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.