Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Clarence Temple: Man With Murderous Past Takes Hostages, Kills Himself in North County

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 11:43 AM

click to enlarge Police found Clarence Temple dead around 6:45 a.m. today.
  • Police found Clarence Temple dead around 6:45 a.m. today.
A hostage situation in unincorporated north St. Louis County ended this morning with the suspect taking his own life.

According to St. Louis County Police, 39-year-old Clarence Temple forced his way into a home in the 6600 block of Chesapeake Drive (right) around 4 a.m. today and held three adults hostage at gunpoint.

The victims -- two males and a female -- eventually escaped the home with one of the men cutting himself on glass from a sliding door that Temple may have shattered to gain entrance to the home. Once the hostages escaped, Temple allegedly took his own life with the handgun.

Police say Temple's ex-girlfriend lived in the home and had an order of protection on Temple and was scheduled to go to court today to ask for a full order of protection. Court records indicate that Temple, of the 4300 block of Chouteau in St. Louis, has a violent past.

In 1997 he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, armed criminal action and assault in a 1994 homicide in St. Louis. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. In 1992 he also pleaded guilty in St. Louis to unlawful use of a handgun.

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

August 4th, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation