Demetrius Murphy, 15, Shot And Killed While Allegedly Trying To Burglarize St. Louis Home

Feb 15, 2013 at 11:52 am

Demetrius Murphy, 15, and a 17-year-old were allegedly trying to break into a St. Louis home near Gravois Park last night when a man and a woman inside realized something was going on.

The 33-year-old male then got his gun and went outside to investigate the disturbance -- as Murphy reportedly started approaching him.

The man then shot Murphy dead, police say.

What happened to the second alleged burglar?

The 17-year-old, who police have not yet named, but are calling a burglary suspect, was eventually located and taken into custody.

The burglary-shooting happened at around 1:30 a.m. this morning at the 3700 block of Tennessee Avenue. Inside the home was the 33-year-old white male who eventually fired his gun and a 28-year-old white female.

Block of the shooting. - Google Maps
Block of the shooting.

Police say Murphy was a black male who lived on the 4600 block of Louisiana Avenue, south of where the shooting took place.

The Post-Dispatch notes that in Missouri, people who encounter intruders in their homes or cars or on their property can legally use deadly force. The paper also notes that the second teenager could be charged for felony murder since Murphy died during the burglary and he was an accomplice.

It was a bloody night in St. Louis; just one hour later on North Broadway, three males -- in baseball hats with shoulder length dreadlocks driving a Chevrolet Impala -- pulled up to another car stopped a red light and fired two shots at the vehicle, police say.

This car had a 22-year-old black male and 21-year-old black female inside. The woman was taken to a local hospital where she was in critical, but stable condition, after suffering a gunshot wound to the right arm and chest. The man was uninjured.

Here's the full blotter report from SLMPD regarding last night's violence.

Crime Summary, February 15

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