Update: Police Seek Murder Charge in Bomber O'Brien's Hit-and-Run

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Bomber O'Brien's in Tower Grove South. - DOYLE MURPHY
  • DOYLE MURPHY
  • Bomber O'Brien's in Tower Grove South.

A Friday morning fight at Bomber O’Brien’s Sports Bar and Grill turned into a hit-and-run — killing the bar's owner and leaving another man injured.

The incident involved a total of five victims and four suspects. Late Friday afternoon, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department announced it had arrested 26-year-old William Warden, and will be seeking charges on first-degree murder, armed criminal action and assault.



In a press release, the department said it would be seeking assault charges against the remaining three suspects, though none have yet been identified.

According to a police incident report, officers were initially called to the south St. Louis drinking establishment shortly after midnight on Friday, "wherein two victims were struck by a vehicle after an altercation between several subjects."



During the fight, police said the suspects entered a Chevrolet Cruze and "intentionally struck" multiple people with the vehicle. Among them was the bar's owner, 54-year-old James Wors of Oakville, who was killed. Another man was taken to a hospital "suffering from fractures and abrasions, while a third was treated for injuries at a hospital and released. The two other victims did not require medical attention, police said.

While the city police's Homicide Division and Accident Reconstruction teams investigate the case, local news stations reported some additional information about the deadly incident: Citing a lieutenant at the scene, KSDK reported that the altercation involved two bar employees that then moved out outside and into the street. Fox-2's Jason Maxwell tweeted from the scene that the victims were "intentionally struck after an argument."


Officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department located the Cruze involved in the collision a few blocks away from the establishment and arrested three suspects in the area. Warden later turned himself in.

Editor's note: The story was updated after publication to include details of Warden's arrest and additional information about the incident released by SLMPD.

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