One deputy murdered, another injured by a man who police say was “armed with explosives”

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BEN LOMOND, CA- We’ve just learned that a Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputy is dead… and another seriously wounded.

This during an incident Saturday afternoon.

KSBW reports that it happened near Alba Road and Highway 9 at around 3:40 p.m.

We’re told a suspect was “armed with explosives”.  Police say he drove his vehicle into one deputy, and another was hit either by a bullet or shrapnel – it’s not clear which at this point.

One of the deputies was murdered.  The second is reportedly in critical condition.

Originally, police said there was an active threat and the bomb squad was called in.  We’re told that the suspect is currently in custody.

This is a breaking news story.  We’ll update the story as new details become available.

In the meantime, St. Louis police have released images of the seven people suspected in the killing of one of the department’s retired captains.

Retired police captain murdered in front of pawn shop in cold blood
Retired police captain murdered in front of pawn shop in cold blood

David Dorn also served as Moline Acres chief after retiring from the St. Louis force.

St. Louis Police Searching for Seven in Capt. David Dorn's Killing

He was shot and killed early Tuesday morning while protecting a north city pawn shop from looters, according to law enforcement.

St. Louis Police Searching for Seven in Capt. David Dorn's Killing

Now police have released surveillance footage from inside Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry, which is located at 4123 Martin Luther King Drive.

St. Louis Police Searching for Seven in Capt. David Dorn's Killing

The footage shows seven people crawling one after another beneath a security gate into the destroyed store.

In the footage, you can see that at least two men in the group are armed.

St. Louis Police Searching for Seven in Capt. David Dorn's Killing

In a still shot from the video, you can see as one of the men points a handgun toward the door.

St. Louis Police Searching for Seven in Capt. David Dorn's Killing

The seven people are considered “persons of interest” in Dorn’s killing.

St. Louis Police Searching for Seven in Capt. David Dorn's Killing

Dorn’s widow spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch – which, it’s worth noting, hasn’t exactly been a supportive media outlet of law enforcement.

St. Louis Police Searching for Seven in Capt. David Dorn's Killing

She said that the retired officer was a close friend of the owner of the shop.  Dorn worked there sometimes, and his gig included responding to burglar alarms.

St. Louis Police Searching for Seven in Capt. David Dorn's Killing

He was murdered there during a night of widespread vandalism and looting which saw more than 75 businesses across the city get hit.

CrimeStoppers is offering a reward up to $46,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case. The hotline is 1-866-371-8477 (TIPS). Callers can remain anonymous.

Here’s the full backstory from earlier this week, in case you missed it:

The debauchery has officially come full-circle following riots relating to the death of George Floyd.

This time, it was a retired police captain who was gunned down and left to die.

The aftermath of the murder of 77-year-old David Dorn was reportedly broadcast live on Facebook during the early morning hours of June 2nd, outside of Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry at 4123 Martin Luther King Drive.

Police say that Dorn was shot in the torso at approximately 2:30 a.m. that morning. Various publications have reported that Dorn’s actual murder was live cast online, but that is not the case apparently.

The live cast heavily reported on was that of someone discovering his body after the shooting.

Law Enforcement Today located the video where an unidentified young man happens upon the deceased body of Dorn. The video starts with the young man driving down the street, and seeing the body of Dorn lying on the sidewalk.

You can hear the person on the video say the following when he sees the body of Dorn:

“Oh my God cuz, no cuz, come on cuz. Not the old head bro.”

The driver of the vehicle, who is recording wants to make his way over to the pawn shop, where Dorn’s body laid, and the vehicle passenger was warning the driver to not get out of the car. The driver responded:

“Come on cuz, that’s somebody’s granddad…give me my thumper.”

The video continues from the perspective of the driver, and he appears to be holding some type of gun, which a “thumper” is a term often used for a firearm. While standing over the deceased body of Dorn, the person taking the video begins to shout at those nearby:

“Over some TVs man?! For real! This is somebody’s granddaddy cuz.”

A group nearby says something inaudible to the person filming, in which the person recording responds with:

“Fuck you n*gga, the fuck you trying to do? You killed this man over some TVs cuz.”

The video in question is difficult to watch, as not only it portrays the brutal aftermath of the riots and looting in St. Louis, but also from the emotion and anger in the young man’s voice seeing the result of a senseless murder.

Our team at Law Enforcement Today has chosen not to show the video out of respect for the family.

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The Ethical Society of Police of St. Louis stated the following about the murder of Dorn:

“He was murdered by looters at a pawnshop. He was the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to. Violence is not the answer, whether it’s a citizen or officer.”

Dorn had spent 38 years in law enforcement with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, from 1969 up until 2007 when he retired. It was said that Dorn was familiar with the owners of the pawn shop that he was murdered in front of, and would often respond to alarm calls even in his retirement.  

Sadly, that latest alarm call that he responded to on June 2nd led to him being murdered.

A sign was posted in front of the scene where Dorn was murdered that read the following:

“Y’all killed a black man because ‘they’ killed a black man??? Rest in peace.”

The wording on the sign posted in front of Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry are some of the hardest hitting words that are indicative of what has become of these riots.

Police have not identified any suspects in the killing of Dorn and are currently offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who has information on who the suspects involved may be.

This man’s life mattered, and he put his life on the line until the very end for what was right.

This man’s life was taken because criminals wanted to loot and riot, under the guise of this now heavily manipulated movement ongoing.

This man deserved better.

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