Monday, February 26, 2024

MO: Caretaker Shoots Man who Broke into Historic Building

Sgt. Charles Wall with SLMPD said that Howard had broken into the Tuscan Masonic Temple on Westminster Pl. near Kingshighway around 4:30 a.m., setting off the building’s security alarms. Wall said a man living above the lodge woke up, found a gun and went searching through the building.

When the man saw the intruder, he shot him. Wall said police would approach the death as a shooting investigation, but it would be up to the Circuit Attorney to determine whether the shooting was justified under Missouri’s Castle Doctrine, which allows a defendant to use deadly force when they reasonably believe it is necessary in instances of a home invasion.

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