Thursday, September 3, 2009

East St. Louis Burglar Shot

East St. Louis, Illinois

From the August 28, 2009 St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
EAST ST. LOUIS -- Authorities say a man who was rehabbing a boarded-up house in East St. Louis has shot and killed a local teenager who was reportedly trying to force his way in.

St. Clair County Chief Deputy Coroner Ace Hart says he pronounced 18-year-old Michael Holmes III dead shortly after noon Thursday. He was the third person to die of violence in East St. Louis this week and the 17th so far this year.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Dave Wasmuth said the homeowner was inside working on the building when Holmes and another man, whose name wasn't released, tried to break in. Wasmuth said the 22-year-old homeowner, whose name was not released, then shot and killed Holmes.

No charges had been filed in the case as of Thursday evening.

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