An attempted robbery in the College Hill area of St. Louis Monday evening ended with no loot being taken and the would-be robber fatally shot by his intended victim.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the 25-year-old would-be victim was out walking with a friend when he was approached by two men, at least one of which was armed.
One of the suspects, later identified as Patrick Davis, also 25-years-old, demanded cash from the victim and produced a firearm. However, the victim wouldn’t give in and a struggle ensued. At some point during the altercation, the victim pulled out his own gun and shot Davis several times, hitting him in the legs, chest, face and arms.
The victim immediately called the police to report what had happened.
Meanwhile, two of Davis’ accomplices, neither of which have been publically identified, rushed him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 7 p.m.
The two men who transported him to the hospital were arrested for their involvement in the incident. Upon further investigation, police discovered that the three men were in the area to buy narcotics when Davis was shot.
However, authorities also stated that the two suspects provided conflicting accounts of what transpired during the incident.
The name of the intended victim who shot Davis has not been publicly released. It is unknown if he was injured during the physical altercation and police did not indicate that any charges would be filed against him, though the incident remains under investigation.
The shooting was the first reported homicide of 2014 in St. Louis. However, even though it was classified as a homicide that does not indicate guilt of any crime, it simply means that one person’s life was taken at the hands of another. So far the city has had two homicides this year.