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Teen will face charges as adult in fatal shooting of retired St. Louis officer



Ralph E. Harper and Justin Mathews.

A teen has been certified as an adult to face charges in the fatal shooting of a retired St. Louis Police Sergeant.

Fox 2 reports that 16-year-old Justin Matthews is now charged with murder, armed criminal action, robbery, tampering and felony fleeing. A bond has not been allowed in his case.

Ralph E. Harper, a 67-year-old retired sergeant was tragically killed on October 29, 2018, during an attempted robbery in the 3100 block of Lackland near Tower Grove Park. Harper was on his way to babysit for a relative when he parked his car in the 3100 block of Lackland at around 7:30 a.m.

The local news source reports that he exchanged gunfire with a teenage robbery suspect and died at a hospital a couple of hours later. Police later tried to pull over a stolen SUV believed to be the killer’s getaway vehicle, which the suspect then crashed in a nearby dumpster.

Hiding in the dumpster was 17-year-old Julian Matthews. He was charged with misdemeanor vehicle tampering and resisting arrest, because according to police, he was not involved in the robbery or shooting. He allegedly took the suspected killer to a hospital for treatment of a bullet wound to his wrist.

 

 

 

 


Adolescente enfrentará cargos como adulto en tiroteo fatal de oficial retirado de St. Louis

 

Ralph E. Harper y Justin Mathews.

Un adolescente ha sido certificado como adulto para enfrentar cargos por el disparo fatal de un sargento de policía retirado de St. Louis.

Fox 2 informa que Justin Matthews, de 16 años, ahora está acusado de asesinato, acción criminal armada, robo, manipulación y fuga de delitos graves. No se ha permitido una fianza en su caso.

Ralph E. Harper, un sargento retirado de 67 años, fue asesinado trágicamente el 29 de octubre de 2018, durante un intento de robo en el bloque 3100 de Lackland, cerca de Tower Grove Park. Harper se dirigía a cuidar a un pariente cuando estacionó su automóvil en el bloque 3100 de Lackland a las 7:30 a.m.

La fuente de noticias local informa que intercambió disparos con un sospechoso de robo adolescente y murió en un hospital un par de horas más tarde. Más tarde, la policía intentó detener un SUV robado que se cree que es el vehículo de escape del asesino, que el sospechoso luego se estrelló en un contenedor de basura cercano.

En el contenedor de basura se encontraba Julian Matthews, de 17 años. Fue acusado de delito menor por manipulación de vehículos y resistencia al arresto, porque según la policía, no estuvo involucrado en el robo ni en los disparos. Al parecer, llevó al presunto asesino a un hospital para que le trataran una herida de bala en la muñeca.

 

 

 

 


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