Two men used a 17-year-old girl as a human shield as they attempted to gain entry into a St Louis, Missouri home at 11 p.m. last night. The teen was grabbed by the assailants outside of her home in the 4600 block of Newport Avenue, who then proceeded to put a gun to her head in an attempt to use her to demand entrance into the home. However, both the girl’s mother and father, who were also armed, shot the men, killing one.
Killed in the incident was 31-year-old Terrell Johnson. The second suspect, 33-year-old Cortez McClinton, suffered gunshot wounds to his chest and legs. After grabbing the girl, the teen’s father saw the men approach the front door holding his daughter hostage as a shield. Nevertheless, when the trio entered, the parents were ready, and the dad opened fire, killing the one and hitting the other. The mom also shot at least one time at the men, but she did not hit anyone.
A five-year-old boy was inside of the home as well at the time of the shooting. Police said no one in the family was injured, and no charges are expected to be filed against either the mom or dad for opening fire on the men. The apparent home invasion was staved off because the residents were armed.
McClinton has been charged with second-degree murder, kidnapping, burglary and armed criminal action. He is currently jailed under a $1million bond.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, no one answered the door at the home Tuesday when media attempted to call, but broken glass and bullet holes were evident. Pictures of the home and the two men can be seen here.