A St. Louis man was fatally shot and another injured after the two tried to break into a home on Newport Street.
Police say 31-year-old Terrell Jonson and 33-year-old Cortez McClinton walked up to a 17-year-old girl who was getting her things out of the car in front of her home. The two reportedly demanded that she let them inside the house.
The girl’s father apparently saw what was happening outside and grabbed his gun. He fired multiple shots and hit both suspects before they were able to enter the home. The girl’s mother also fired at the suspects.
Johnson was pronounced dead on the scene. McClinton was able to flee but had to be hospitalized and is in critical condition at a local hospital. He suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and both legs. None of the victims inside the home were injured.
McClinton has been charged with burglary, kidnapping, and armed criminal action. He has also apparently been charged with second-degree murder. A spokesman for the circuit attorney’s office told KMOX that “if someone dies during commission of a felony – even a suspect – murder charges can be filed.”
McClinton is being held on $1 million cash-only bond.
The girl’s father says “he was holding her hostage. She was a human shield. So I did what I had to do… It just happened. I didn’t have no choice. He had my daughter so I did what I had to do.”
“My condolences go out to all the families involved. I don’t know him. I wish it hadn’t happened. So like I said, to the moms, fathers, all the other people involved, I apologize,” he added.