Authorities in St. Louis executed a search warrant Friday evening on the couple who made national news for brandishing weapons in defense of their home against a large crowd of BLM protesters, a local NBC news affiliate reported.
During the search, law enforcement officials confiscated the rifle brandished by Mark McCloskey to ward off a "mob" of demonstrators that had broken a gate to gain access to the private community and allegedly threatened the McCloskeys with death.
"5 On Your Side has learned St. Louis police officers executed a search warrant Friday evening at the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the Central West end couple who confronted protesters with weapons in June," KSDK News reported.
The couple told the authorities performing the search that the pistol that Patricia McCloskey held during the confrontation was given to their attorney, Harmeet K. Dhillon.
Dhillon responded to the news of the search warrant, saying the "seizure of weapons is government overreach."
"Missouri is a Castle Doctrine state, permitted among the broadest latitudes of any state in using even deadly force to protect yourself or your property. This couple used NO force, despite the imminent threat from a trespassing mob. The seizure of weapons is government overreach."
After the firearm brandishing event, Mr. McCloskey defended his actions, telling reporters:
Everything inside the Portland Place gate is private property. There is nothing public in Portland Place. Being inside that gate is like being in my living room. There is no public anything in Portland Place. It is all private property. And you've got to appreciate that if there are two or three hundred people, I don't know how many there were. We were told that 500 people showed up at the Lyda Krewson house, which is not on our street, as you know. But how many of them came through Portland Place? I don't know. But it was a big crowd and they were aggressive, wearing body armor and screaming at us and threatening to harm us. And how they were going to be living in our house after they kill us.