A St. Louis police officer has died, Fox News reports, after he was shot in the head Saturday while on the job.
Twenty-nine-year-old Tamarris L. Bohannon died Sunday of wounds he sustained while responding to what Fox described as a “barricade situation.”
According to Fox, Bohannon’s family called him a “hero to many, but most importantly to his loving wife and three incredible children.”
“The loss of this great man is felt deeply within the St. Louis community and we ask for your prayers and support in the days ahead,” the family added in a message posted to Twitter, according to Fox.
A shooting in St. Louis
Fox reports that Officer Bohannon and his partner were responding to a call in Tower Grove South when they were attacked. Officer Bohannon was shot in the head and his partner was reportedly shot in the leg.
The shooter, according to the Fox, had barricaded himself in his home, which resulted in a long standoff with police before the situation was resolved.
Police have yet to release details on how the situation played out, but we do know that SWAT was all over the neighborhood and that neighbors had been advised to remain in their homes. According to Fox, “[o]fficers armed with rifles were placed around the residence where the suspect had retreated.”
“A senseless and terrible tragedy”
As Fox noted, Officer Bohannon’s death on the job prompted tributes in St. Louis and beyond. Missouri’s governor, Republican Mike Parson, was among the first to respond on Twitter.
Parson said he and his wife were “deeply saddened” by the news. “Officers across Missouri protect us every day without hesitation and they and their families deserve our support,” he added.
Teresa and I are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of one of our @SLMPD Officers.
An arrest has been made.
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) August 31, 2020
According to Fox, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson also released a statement Sunday lamenting what she called “[a] senseless and terrible tragedy.”
Heartbreaking. This is a horrific reminder of the dangers our brave men and women in law enforcement willingly and selflessly face everyday to protect and serve. Please keep this officer, his family and friends, and all of @SLMPD in your prayers. A senseless and terrible tragedy. https://t.co/iZdDdVqi3H
— Mayor Lyda Krewson (@LydaKrewson) August 31, 2020