Billy Cushshon-Bey: Charged in Murder of Former Pagedale Police Chief Tyrone Thompson

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The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office issued warrants yesterday charging 18-year-old Billy Louis Cushshon-Bey with second-degree murder for the killing Saturday of former Pagedale police chief Tyrone Thompson and fellow teenager Jakeem Hicks.

According to police, Cushshon-Bey and Hicks had gone out looking to rob someone after losing money in a dice game. They came across Thompson, 47, as he waited in his SUV to pick up a friend in the 12300 block of Jerries Lane in north St. Louis County.

The teens set upon Thompson but didn't count on the former cop -- who currently works as an investigator for the Attorney General -- being armed.

Thompson and his would-be robbers exchanged in several shots. St. Louis County police arrived on the scene around 11:10 p.m. June 5 to find Hicks dead on the street from a gunshot wound. Thompson lay dead near his vehicle.

Cushshon-Bey was also shot in the melee but his wounds are considered minor. He was arrested soon after the shooting and remains in jail on $1 million bond on charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and attempted robbery.

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