A husband and wife armed with guns were able to stave off an apparent home invasion Monday night, police said.


Police say a 17-year-old girl who lived at the home was outside retrieving something from her car when she was approached by two masked and armed men who forced her into her house, using her as a shield.

The teen’s father, 34, saw the men walking up with his daughter, got his firearm and fired several shots at them, striking both of the men as they entered his home. The teen’s mother, 34, also retrieved a gun and fired once at the men but did not hit either, police said.

One of the men, Terrell Johnson, 31, of the 4500 block of Natural Bridge Road, collapsed on the living room floor and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second man, Cortez McClinton, 33, was standing behind Johnson when Johnson was shot. McClinton pointed a gun inside the doorway and also was shot. McClinton then ran away and got his brother to transport him to a hospital, police said. He was treated for gunshot wounds to the chest and both thighs.

McClinton, of the 3100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, was charged with second-degree murder (also called felony murder), kidnapping, burglary and armed criminal action. {snip}

In May 2010, McClinton was charged with fatally shooting Bryan Reed, 28, the previous month. Reed was sitting with a friend in a car April 24 in the 3700 block of Minnesota Avenue about 12:40 a.m. when a gunman approached and shot Reed several times.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office dropped murder and armed criminal action charges against McClinton in Reed’s killing because of a lack of witness cooperation, said Susan Ryan, a spokeswoman for the office. {snip}



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  • The reason I’m not yet ready to consider the “victims” to be such victims is the narrow age difference between father and daughter.

    I think there’s a drug debt hiding behind all this.

    • dd121

      I was hoping you could clarify. I’m sure we’re not getting all the story.

      • Ironically, this is one story I didn’t send to the AR online form for story suggestions, that’s because I was pretty uninterested in it myself even though it’s in my own city.

        Another clue is that the dead robber was from a part of the city that’s nowhere near where this happened, while the robber that survived lived in a house that was only a few minutes drive away. This does not read like your average impulsive black crime where two hoodie bruvvas from the same block or same hood or same set find a good robbery opportunity. That the two robbers were from different parts of the city makes me think that this was some sort of “professional” (such as it ever can be with ghetto blacks) hit.

        Hence, my theory about the people who lived in that house, at least one of them, having a dope debt. The robbers were using the 17-year old daughter as a hostage, as collateral.

        • Ike Eichenberg

          I concur this has all the indications of a drug related crime.

          • obot

            All because they were 17 when they had their daughter?

          • Ike Eichenberg

            No that is not one of the indicators for me.

          • LHathaway

            I was thinking the opposite, that the daughter may have been in on it. That’s what reading the story had me questioning.

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          • They should never do that in respectable neighborhoods.

            Not ever.

          • DNA Explains It All

            Well until respectable people start grouping and going into their areas hunting them down, this is going to keep happening.

        • dd121

          Maybe this story needs to cook a few more days for all the facts to emerge.
          Go Jefferson City Jays, my old high school. haha

          • Puggg

            I don’t think many more facts are going to emerge. From what I hear in the grapevine, the St. Louis city blues working this case have the same thoughts that QD has, but they don’t care because it resulted in a dead career criminal, and that reduces the future work load for the city blues.

        • Oil Can Harry

          I think this was precisely “your average impulsive black crime”. These goons were casing a white neighborhood looking for a home to invade.

          When they saw a 17 year old girl they decided to add rape to the evening’s festivities and pounced.

          • I would agree with you if the two goons were from the same neighborhood, even if that particular neighborhood was not close to where this happened. But one being from one side of the city and the other being from the other side raises red flags in my mind.

          • DNA Explains It All

            The thugs may have “went to skoo” together and day famblies moved to different hoods. This sounds like another Knoxville Horror, WENT RIGHT 🙂

          • M.Magog

            I think you are making too much of the fact that one is from a different area.

        • archer

          Your probably right, but there might have been other circumstances also, one of the would be robbers already murdered one person but he was released because of lack of evidence, I doubt that if the homeowners didn’t defend themselves they would be alive today, whether they “paid up” or not.

    • trouble maker

      I am just grateful that the father was such a good shot that he got the thugs without hitting his daughter , however I agree that he was extremely observant about the matter and was definitely on the lookout for trouble like this.

    • JSS

      I was thinking the same thing, but what 17 year old black knows their father? Confusing.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        I believe that Father’s Day is the single most confusing day for blacks.

      • obot

        I didn’t see where they were black. All the neighbors in the video were white.

        • That doesn’t mean anything.

          This particular neighborhood is the big Bosnian enclave. But there are a scattering of blacks. And a 17-year old age differential between father and daughter is mostly likely indicative of black.

          • robinbishop34

            I heard an audio of the father talking about the incident and he sure sounded white to me but I don’t know.

          • M.Magog

            The biggest indicator that he was white is his excellent marksmanship. The poor marksmanship of the wife could be an indication of a mixed marriage.

          • Katherine McChesney

            That’s the silliest assertion I’ve read in comments for days. Poor marksmanship has nothing to do with race or gender.

          • M.Magog

            that has to be the FUNNIEST thing I have ever heard!

    • There is no such thing as a drug “debt”.

    • Alexandra1973

      I look at it this way: One less thug in da hood.

    • Nimadan

      The father’s skill with a hand gun is atypical for a drug-abuser.

    • The creeps here like driving around looking for stuff to do. They take I-25, Academy or Powers north and do their thing.

  • D.B. Cooper

    So, if this incident made at least 1,000 white democrats throw in the towel on diversity, then it was worth it. Unfortunately, it’s going to take a long time to reach “The Coming of White Nationalism”.

    • Oil Can Harry

      This article made 1000 white Demoncrats cry out even louder for gun control while demanding the father be indicted for racial profiling.

  • Sick of it

    This couple should visit the DA’s office next.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    Um, so I’m a loosey-goosey urban git’er done type.

    This correspondant reports from the scene of a death in a golf shirt?

    I guess I should be impressed that he wasn’t wearing a stained undershirt with his gut hanging out like Joe Cocker.

    We are failing ourselves, we don’t need help.

    • Incidentally, the woman anchor at the beginning of the clip is one of Jack Buck’s daughters.

      • robinbishop34

        She was/is married to a black guy I believe.

  • Peter Connor

    Nice shooting!

  • Tom_in_Miami

    “The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office dropped murder and armed
    criminal action charges against McClinton in Reed’s killing because of a
    lack of witness cooperation…”

    Once again, in a black neighborhood, nobody seen nuthin’.

    • bilderbuster

      If the shooter was White they all would have seen it and filmed it too.

    • M.Magog

      was Redd black?

  • [Guest]

    Terrell Johnson received the death penalty on the spot. If things were right in this country, Cortez McClinton would soon receive the same punishment from the state.

  • DNA Explains It All

    You have to respect the fathers marksmanship, I have often thought using a family member against me as a shield would be a big mistake too. Hell as dumb as it was, (and make no mistake looking back it WAS DUMB BEYOND BELIEF, flyers do happen) back in the day shooting cans off each others heads and cigs out of mouths was not an uncommon pass-time. I just love the way the cadence of the story goes, man holding gun to girls’s head heads into house, father starts shooting, man dies. hehehe Mom even pops off a round in it all. This sounds like a family that knows the score and can handle the hood.

    • Hallie Eva

      One suggestion, DNA, mum needs more time at the range.
      Fired, what? Three times without a kill shot?

      • DNA Explains It All

        What I read earlier was that the mother only got one off, and of course missed. Sounds like dad was doing ok though. Killed the first and got the second in the chest and in each thigh. How he ran away, sounds like deer getting in those last few bounds sans heart.

  • Who Me?

    It’s not likely they are black. The daughter is 17 years old and the parents are still together? With them being teens themselves when she was born? I know there is always the exception that proves the rule, but it beggars belief that the exception is to be found in St. Louis.

  • Puggg

    I’ve been able to work the vines and confirm that the victims are white.

    The other thing, about maybe they owed some black dope dealer, like I said, the detectives in the city working this case have considered that but don’t care, so I don’t think there will be any rush for them to follow up and see if their theory is right.

  • tlk244182

    Nice shooting, Dad! How come the NYPD has to fire 78 shots, or whatever, b4 they bring down the perp?

    • Hallie Eva

      I will take Affirmative Action LEO hires for a thousand, Alex.
      What do ya think, tlk? A black could not hit water if he fell out of a boat. 😉

    • Focus on the front sight.

  • They’re religious hypocrites. I am an agnostic. My mother is a failed Methodist and my ex-father a failed Catholic. I was never baptised. The blacks in prison made a big production out of their pretense to piety, but this was all about appearances and never substance. They appear to believe that there is some magical formula they can repeat which will earn them rewards once the big dirtnap starts. I enjoyed watching them try to outdo each other in their pretense to moral goodness.

  • Katherine McChesney

    I’m not surprised. After working in a black corporation I found exactly how blacks are and they are far from representing the best of Christianity. They’ll rob you blind, lie and cheat. And i had difficulty warding off the unwanted sexual advances the boss made toward me. Someone stole from me. I returned after the office closed and stripped my office and left the key on my desk. I never returned. The business shut down soon thereafter for misusing the federal grant money given them to finance an alcohol and drug treatment center for young addicted mothers. They had also hired a black man who had been fired for sexually abusing patients at another treatment center.