A 17-year-old St. Louis girl went out to her car to get something around 11p.m. Monday night (June 9th, 2014) when she was accosted by two armed men who held a gun to her head and ordered her to take them into her home.
Her father was watching his daughter as events unfolded. He grabbed his handgun and opened fire with several rounds. The girls mother also grabbed a handgun and fired a round.
When the gunfire was over one thug was dead, one thug was wounded and their daughter was unharmed.
"He was holding her hostage. She was a human shield. So I did what I had to do."
When asked by reporters how he had the confidence to pull the trigger when the man was holding his daughter hostage he said, "It wasn’t like that. It just happened. I didn’t have no choice. He had my daughter so I did what I had to do."
The thug that died was identified as Terrell Johnson, served time in the Missouri prison system for first degree robbery. He served less than half of his sixteen year sentence.
The thug that fled, Cortez McClinton, jumped into Johnson's car and called his brother to take him to the hospital where he was placed under arrest. Back in 2010, McClinton was charged with first degree murder but charges were dropped when witnesses refused to cooperate.
"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," said the father.