Cops: Rico Combs, Murder Suspect, Attacked Ex as She Hid in Closet, Held Their 3 Young Kids


Rico Combs.
  • Rico Combs.

Update: St. Louis Metropolitan Police officials announced late yesterday evening that they apprehended and arrested Rico Combs, the 25-year-old man suspected of murdering another man and attacking his ex-girlfriend in the presence of their children. After a brief foot pursuit, cops arrested him at the 2800 block of Victor Street in south St. Louis. Our original coverage of the incident is below.

Original post, Thursday, August 15, 4:28 p.m.: Rico Combs, 25, allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend in front of their three young daughters on the very same day that the woman had applied for an order of protection against him.

Combs is facing charges in connection with the shooting last night in Columbus Square that left one man dead and another clinging to life. He is at large and considered armed and dangerous.

Police say Combs threw a brick window through the apartment of his ex, 23, who is the mother of their three daughters, ages three, five and seven. He charged through the glass window armed with a pistol, according to a probable cause statement, on view below.

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Prosecutors say Combs and his ex were not living together and he did not have permission to be in her home.

Once inside the apartment on 1300 block of North 7th Street, at around 11:30 p.m., he fired a shot into the head and back of one man inside, who police identified as John Gorman, 27. He was pronounced dead soon after. Combs then allegedly shot another man, 25, in the face. He is currently hospitalized and in critical and unstable condition. The statement says these two men are childhood friends of the woman.

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After those shootings, Combs reportedly found his ex who was hiding in a closet with their three daughters. At this point, he pressed his pistol to the woman's face while she clung to her children, the statement says.

She has a circular injury to her forehead and suffered other cuts and lacerations. It appears the children were not physically injured in the assault.

Police say Combs fled on foot.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477). Anyone who sees the suspect should consider him armed and dangerous and should call 911 immediately, police say.

Rico Combs.
  • Rico Combs.

He is facing a long list of charges: One count of first-degree murder, one count of domestic assault, seven counts of armed criminal action, one count of first-degree burglary and three counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Combs, the report says, has a lengthy criminal history, including resisting arrest and assault on a law enforcement officer in the third-degree from July 19 of this year. He was charged with felony stealing in 2011 and has several charges from 2006 as well.

Here's the incident summary from police, followed by the full probable cause statement from the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office:

Incident: Homicide
Location: 1300 block of N. 7th
Date/Time: 8/14/13 @ 23:34
Victim #1: John Gorman, 27-year old black male of the 900 block of Cass
Victim #2: 25-year old black male (critical/unstable)
Victim #3: 23-year old black female
Victim # 4: 3-year old black female
Victim # 5: 5-year old black female
Victim # 6: 7-year old black female
Suspect: 25-year old black male
Officers responded to the above location for a "shooting" and upon arrival, located Victim #1 and Victim #2 lying in various locations within the residence suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims were conveyed to local hospitals. Victim #1 suffered gunshot wounds to his head and chest and was pronounced deceased. Victim #2 suffered a gunshot wound to his head and was listed in critical/unstable condition. Victim #3 suffered from abrasion-type injuries to her face and was listed in serious/stable condition. An investigation revealed the suspect shattered a front window of the residence and entered through the window. After entering the residence, the suspect struck Victim #3 with his fists and the firearm and then fired shots at Victim #1 and Victim #2. Victim #4, Victim #5 and Victim #6, who are children of Victim #3 and the suspect, were in the residence at the time but were not injured. The suspect fled the residence on foot. The investigation is ongoing.

Rico Combs Probable Cause Statement

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