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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Big Bloody: Prosecutor Levels Dozen Warrants Against Man Charged with Homicide, Shooting Off-Duty Cop

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 10:17 AM

click to enlarge Mario Coleman - POLICE HANDOUT
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  • Mario Coleman
The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office last night issued 12 warrants against 22-year-old Mario Coleman for yesterday's robbery turned homicide.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. Monday when Coleman and a 16-year-old accomplice allegedly held up an off-duty St. Louis police officer and her boyfriend as they left a home in the LaSalle Park neighborhood immediately south of downtown.

The suspects forced the couple back inside the home in the 900 block of Hickory Street where they attempted to rob them. Six other people were inside the residence, and a struggle soon ensued.

Gina Stallis
, a 34-year-old visitor in the home, was shot in the chest and died. The off-duty cop, who's name has yet to be released, was shot three times and is in critical condition. Her boyfriend, shot in the neck, is in serious condition.

Coleman, of the 300 block of Cabanne, has been charged with:
  • 1st degree murder
  • 1st degree assault (two counts)
  • 1st degree robbery (two counts)
  • 1st degree burglary
  • Armed criminal action (six counts)
Coleman is being held on a $1 million, cash-only bond.

Police nabbed Coleman near Forest Park shortly after dropping off his accomplice -- described as a 16-year-old boy -- at a hospital for a gunshot wound to the hand. It's unclear at this point how the kid received the gunshot wound. The boy is now in the custody of the juvenile courts.

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