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Recent Parolee Charged in Shooting of Off-Duty Mo. Officer

December 29, 2014  | 

A recent parolee has been charged in the shooting last weekend of an off-duty St. Louis police officer in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Authorities said the officer was critically injured Dec. 19 in a gunfight with people in a car driven by the parolee, Dominic Lamont Irons, 29.

A court document says one of the others in the car was killed in the shootout; his body was later found in a burning vehicle. At least one other person was still being sought by police.

Irons was charged Saturday with assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. The circuit attorney's office said he also was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of the accomplice.

According to a court document, Irons and the others in the car followed the officer's truck for the purpose of shooting him. It's not clear if they knew he was an officer.

The officer was hospitalized for a week with a leg injury and nerve damage, according to a court document. Police haven't released his name but have said he's 28 years old and has been with the department about four years.


Comments (6)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 12/29/2014 2:01 PM

Court records say Irons was paroled on a conviction of violating a law barring felons from possessing a firearm. The Officers shooting was on Irons release day from Prison. The NRA sees to it anyone can have a gun no matter his background. Hurray for 2nd amendment rights!

A.L. Stoots @ 12/29/2014 4:30 PM

Don't be an idiot. This guy had an illegal weapon, probably stolen at some point before it made its way to his hands...he didn't walk into a gunstore or gun show and buy the gun. The NRA had nothing to do with this...if you want to put blame on anyone, blame the bleeding hearts who let this idiot have parole for crimes that called for much longer jail sentences than what he had. He broke a firearm law, it called for 10 years minimum...so he should still be in jail, if he was, this would not have happened.
He was already a felon, so I'm sure he was paroled before...blame the court system here, not the NRA, that is just ignorant

ssc1911 @ 12/29/2014 7:24 PM

Agree with A.L.Stoots, the NRA isn't the problem with this. It is the person themselves, meaning the parolee. Being that Lamont Irons, was a convicted felon he or any other felon isn't supposed to possess any type of weapon which is another criminal charge. Sad for the officers here. ATTN Ima Leprechaun, The NRA doesn't support criminals or their use of firearms. Those that endorse gun control do nothing to stop criminals gun control only affects law abiding citizens and not criminals. There are more than enough laws already on the books to deal with criminals possessing guns and using them illegally. God Bless all Law Enforcment Officers.

Swatguy @ 12/30/2014 8:12 AM

I agree with A.L on this. Its uneducated statements like leprechaun made that makes people look like fools. Illegal guns are just that illegal. Take legal guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens leaves us vulnerable to the ILLEGAL guns. Like A.J said the judicial system failed the officer not the NRA.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/31/2014 3:19 AM

The NRA is a Terrorist Organization, ensuring the rights of criminal to possess firearms. They have already had laws passed to ensure convicted felons can have their gun rights automatically restored upon release from prison. I found three truly indoctrinated fools today.

ResAgentSWA @ 12/31/2014 2:20 PM

"They have already had laws passed to ensure convicted felons can have their gun rights automatically restored upon release from prison."

What laws specifically? If Federal, what is the United States Code citation for the alleged law? If state, which state and what is the statute number for this law? All felons, everywhere under any circumstance? Your statement is broad, implying all felons and mentions no exceptions. You love to speak of "indoctrinated fools." Enlighten us with verifiable details that prove your broad statement.

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