ST. LOUIS • An argument outside a house in north St. Louis on Sunday evening left a St. Louis County corrections officer dead and a former St. Louis police officer facing murder charges.
The St. Louis circuit attorney’s office Monday filed first-degree murder charges against James Little, 34, a former St. Louis police officer who now serves as a reserve officer in Pagedale.
Authorities say he shot and killed William Dupree, 32, during an altercation in front of Dupree’s house on Farrar Avenue in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
The shooting happened about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, when Little came to the house to drop off a child he shares with Dupree’s fiancée. The two men got in an argument, police said, which turned physical. Little then shot Dupree multiple times in the head, according to police. Dupree died at the scene. Little is being charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Little served as a St. Louis police officer for more than four years, from 2002 through 2007, before leaving the department for personal reasons. Since January, he has been a reserve officer in Pagedale, said Pagedale Police Chief Steven Haynes, which is a voluntary position that allows officers to keep police certifications up to date. Haynes said Little also works as a security guard for Metro, but that could not be immediately confirmed.
“He’s real quiet,” Haynes said. “A good officer.”
Dupree, meanwhile, was a St. Louis County corrections officer who has worked for about two years at the county jail, an official there said. He was engaged to be married to the mother of Little’s child.
The shooting happened outside a newer house a few blocks from Hyde Park in north St. Louis. Monday morning the scene there was quiet, with family gathering at the house where Dupree’s fiancée lives. They declined to talk with a reporter.