Intruders Hold Teen at Gunpoint, Dad Shoots Them, Kills One: Police


Police charged one suspect with murder, kidnapping and burglary. - LINDSAY TOLER
  • Lindsay Toler
  • Police charged one suspect with murder, kidnapping and burglary.

A father shot two armed men, killing one, as they forced their way inside his family's home while aiming their guns at his teenage daughter Monday night, according to St. Louis police.

One of the suspected gunmen, Terrell Johnson, 31, of the 4500 block of Natural Bridge Road, died on the family's living room floor after the father, 34, shot him.

The second suspect, Cortez McClinton, 33, of the 3100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and armed criminal action. He is being held on a $1 million cash-only bond.

See also: Four Teens Charged After South City Shooting, Robbery Spree Puts Victim in Hospital

The teen girl and her father, as well as her mother and a five-year-old boy also inside the home, were not injured.

The seventeen-year-old girl originally went outside the home in the 4600 block of Newport Avenue around 11 p.m. Monday to retrieve an item from a car. Two gunmen approached her and demanded she walk back into the home with them, according to police.

The father saw his daughter with the two men and grabbed his gun, shooting the suspects as they entered the house. The mother, 34, also grabbed a gun and shot a round at the suspects; she did not strike them, police said.

After Johnson collapsed unconscious onto the living room floor, the second suspect escaped in Johnson's car, calling his brother to take him to the hospital.

Here's the full report from police:

Incident: Homicide

Location: 4600 block of Newport

Date/Time: 6/09/14 @ 23:00

Victim #1: 34-year old black male

Victim #2: 17-year old black female

Victim #3: 34-year old white female

Victim #4: 5-year old black male

Suspect #1: Terrell Johnson, 31-year old black male of the 4500 block of Natural Bridge (deceased)

Suspect #2: 33-year old black male (critical/stable)

Victim #2 reported she was outside her residence retrieving property from a vehicle when the suspects approached her, armed with guns, and demanded she return to her residencewith them. The suspects began to walk Victim #2 back into her residence. Victim #1, who is the father of Victim #2, observed the suspects with his daughter, retrieved his firearm and fired several shots at the suspects, striking both of them as they entered his residence. Victim #3, who is the mother of Victim #2, also retrieved a firearm and fired one round at the suspects, not striking them. Suspect #1 collapsed on the living room floor and was pronounced deceased on the scene. Suspect #2 fled the scene on foot, entered Suspect #1's vehicle and contacted his brother, who conveyed him to a hospital. Suspect #2 was treated for gunshot wounds to the chest and both thighs and listed in critical/stable condition. At large warrants will be sought for Suspect #2. None of the victims were injured. The investigation is ongoing.

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