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Man Charged In Death Of St. Louis Police Officer

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Thomas Kinworthy, 43, faces multiple felony charges in the shootings of two St. Louis police officers.

The man accused of fatally shooting one St. Louis police officer and wounding another has been charged with several felonies.

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced Tuesday that her office had filed murder, assault, burglary and weapons charges against 43-year-old Thomas Kinworthy. He remains in jail and is not eligible for bail.

According to charging documents, Kinworthy, armed with a pistol, broke into the house of Mary and Steven Haag, in the Tower Grove South neighborhood, and ordered them to leave. He then fired on officers responding to a 911 call the Haags had made about a shooting in the alley behind their house.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
Tamarris L. Bohannon

Officer Tamarris Bohannon, 29, was shot in the head and died later at St. Louis University Hospital. His partner, Officer Arlando Bailey, 30, suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and was treated and released.

Kinworthy remained barricaded in the house until early Sunday. The department’s SWAT team arrested him in a second-floor bathroom.

Court records show Kinworthy was in and out of prison in Missouri in the 1990s, mostly for lower-level felonies like drug possession and receiving stolen property. He had a conviction in Florida for a 1998 drive-by shooting, and at the time of his arrest on Sunday was wanted in Florida on kidnapping and attempted sexual battery charges.

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