STLOUIS, MO – A man opened fire on two men during an attempted home invasion leaving one suspect dead and another critically injured.
It happened on Tuesday night when the man’s 17-year-old daughter went outside of her home to retrieve something from a car. That’s when she was approached by two armed men who ordered her back inside her home.
Unfortunately for the two suspects, the teen’s 34-year-old father was visiting the girl and her mother. He was armed and opened fire as soon as the two men pushed the teen through the front door. Turns out, he’s a pretty good shot.
One of the suspects, 31-year-old Terrell Johnson, was shot and died on the living room floor. His partner in crime, 33-year-old Cortez McClinton, was shot in the chest and legs but managed to run away and get to the hospital where he was last listed in critical but stable condition.
He’s probably wishing he’d died, as he’s now been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and armed criminal action in connection with a fatal shooting.
McClinton was just released from jail in January after spending three years awaiting trial for the murder of 28-year-old Bryan Reed in 2010. Reed was shot to death while sitting in a car with a friend, and police were confident McClinton was the shooter.
However, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office dropped murder and armed criminal action charges against him because of a lack of witness cooperation.
Police say that at this point, no charges are being sought against the homeowners. When asked how come he was so confident about shooting at the two men even though they had his daughter hostage, the man said, “It just happened. I didn’t have no choice. He had my daughter so I did what I had to do.”
He also apologized to the dead man’s family. “My condolences goes out to all the families involved. I don’t know him. I wish it hadn’t happened. So like I said, to the moms, fathers, all the other people involved, I apologize,” he said.Tags: Cortez McClinton, Crime, Home Invasion, hostage, Missouri, Shooting, Terrell Johnson