ST. LOUIS — Hundreds of people waited in a long line outside a St. Louis church Tuesday to pay their respects to the family of a former police commander who was fatally shot last week trying to prevent a pawn shop from being looted.
A large contingent of political leaders and police officers were among the people who attended the public visitation for retired St. Louis police Capt. David Dorn at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church on North Taylor Avenue.
Dorn, 77, was found dead on the sidewalk of Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry about 2:30 a.m. June 2 after a night of peaceful protests turned destructive. A friend owned the pawn shop and Dorn was hired to provide security, periodically checking on the shop whenever an alarm sounded.
A 24-year-old man has been charged with murder in Dorn’s death. Another man is facing separate charges and police continue to search for eight others they say looted the shop that night.
Family members greeting mourners Tuesday included Dorn’s wife, St. Louis police Sgt. Ann Marie Dorn.
A private funeral service for David Dorn is scheduled for Wednesday.
Dorn retired from the St. Louis police force after 38 years, after which he became police chief of Moline Acres.
“Captain Dorn, he was a sweet guy,” said Brandon O’Bryant, who works for the St. Louis sheriff’s office. O’Bryant used to be a part of the St. Louis Police Explorers as a teenager. He said Dorn mentored him. “Captain Dorn is the one that taught me to get into law enforcement.”
Cammie Ashline said she grew up down the street from Dorn’s wife in Granite City. The two were childhood friends.
“There are a lot of other things surrounding this day,” Ashline said. “But I choose not to focus on that and to focus on her and her family and their needs.”
Gov. Mike Parson, Mayor Lyda Krewson, city Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt were among the officials who attended the visitation.
“David Dorn was a man of great character who dedicated his life to helping others and protecting his neighborhood,” U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley said in a statement. “His life of honor and dedication reminds us of the vital service the good men and women of law enforcement render to our communities every day. We depend on them, people like David Dorn.”
Stephan Cannon, the man charged in Dorn’s killing, pleaded guilty in St. Louis County Circuit Court in April 2014 to second-degree robbery and second-degree assault and was given a suspended seven-year term that included probation for five years, court records show.
Cannon violated probation in December 2018 — court records do not say how — but a judge continued with his probationary status in March 2019.
Cannon also has a pending charge of misdemeanor stealing filed by the Circuit Attorney’s Office in February, court records show.
In that case, Cannon was accused of using fake money to buy an X-Box, headsets, controllers and a video game, charges say. Cannon’s bail in the case was initially set at $1,000 cash. At a bail hearing Feb. 26, a judge ordered Cannon released on his own recognizance.
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