St. Louis father who shot two men says he had no choice; he had to save his daughter

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ST. LOUIS — The father of a St. Louis teenager who shot at two men who he says had a gun to his daughter’s head, says he pulled the trigger instinctively Monday night to protect his 17-year-old daughter.

One suspect is dead and another is in critical condition. The father, who didn’t want to be identified in an exclusive interview with FOX 2 News in St. Louis, said he doesn’t know why the two men came to the door.

The father said two men approached the girl as she was getting something out of her car.  He says they led her, at gunpoint, back toward her home. The father doesn’t live in the home, but was visiting his daughter and her mom at the time. He says when he saw the men put a gun to his daughter’s head, he pulled out his own weapon. He says he had no choice but to fire.

“He was holding her hostage. She was a human shield. So I did what I had to do,” he said.

How did he have the confidence to pull the trigger when his daughter was so near the two men?  Click here for his answer in the exclusive interview with FOX 2 in St. Louis.

The man he shot and killed was Terrell Johnson, 31, of St. Louis. The second suspect, who the father says was wearing a mask, is Cortez McClinton, 33, also of St. Louis.

The teenager’s mother also fired shots. The bullets from the gunfire went all the way across the street, into a neighbor’s home.

“I didn’t mean for anybody to be involved in anything. I didn’t have any choice in the matter. I’m sorry for what happened to that lady’s window.”

The two suspects were not strangers to police. Terrell Johnson, the dead man, has served time in the Missouri prison system for first degree robbery. He had been given a sixteen year sentence.

Cortez McClinton was charged with first degree murder in a 2010 killing, but those charges were dropped because prosecutors said witnesses wouldn’t cooperate.

Click here for more of the interview with the father and for reaction from neighbors who heard the gunfire.


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