Monday, April 18, 2011

Renardo Brownlee: St. Louis Police Shoot Dead Alleged Robber in Downtown

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 9:56 AM

A St. Louis police officer shot an alleged robber in the head, killing him, early Saturday morning after the suspect reportedly pulled a gun on the cops. According to the the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, plainclothes officers on foot patrol came across a group of five men allegedly robbing two victims at the corner of 15th and Chestnut (below).

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The suspects reportedly had the victims on the ground inside the park when they caught sight of the police around 1 a.m. and fled into a vehicle. The cops stopped the car, and the suspects were exiting the vehicle when one of them -- 18-year-old Renardo Brownlee of East St. Louis -- allegedly drew a gun.

He was shot in the head by a 30-year-old officer. Brownlee's cohorts were all charged with armed criminal action, first-degree robbery, resisting arrest and second-degree murder for the death of Brownlee. (People involved in a felony can be charged with murder if one of their accomplices dies in the crime.)

The suspects all hailed form East St. Louis. They are Albert Smith, 27; Anthony Jackson, 24; David Fayne, 25; and Charles Dawson, 19.

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