The retired police captain murdered outside a pawn shop Tuesday morning by rioters in St. Louis has been identified as 77-year-old David Dorn.
Police found Dorn's body around 2:30 a.m. outside of Lee's Pawn and Jewelry Store on Martin Luther King Dr.
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said the retired captain was killed by looters while "exercising law enforcement training."
"David Dorn was a fine captain, many of us young officers looked up to him," Chief Hayden said.
Dorn joined the police academy in November 1969 and graduated in May 1970. He was assigned to Patrol Support when he retired from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in October 2007.
Dorn would help out the owners of Lee's Pawn and Jewelry due to his extensive background in police work. When the business' alarm would go off, Dorn would check it out. And that's what he did early Tuesday morning before he was shot and killed.
Dorn is survived by his wife, Ann, who is still a sergeant with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Update: On Tuesday night, President Trump honored Dorn with a tweet:
Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you!
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