An off duty St. Louis City firefighter has died after being shot in North County.
Police say the firefighter, identified as 52 year old Leonard Riggins, was the victim in one of a series of four carjackings in the area of Sheply and Spring Garden and down to Riverview.
Police say a woman was carjacked, then the suspect crashed her car. Riggins was reportedly trying to help the carjacker, who he thought was simply a wreck victim.
Police say the suspect then shot the firefighter and took his vehicle. He then crashed that car and carjacked someone else as police were arriving on the scene.
Cops say there was a brief chase then a shootout with police. Police shot and killed the suspect.
Firefighter Riggins was taken to Christian Northeast Hospital where his death was announced just before 7:30pm.
In his blog, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay calls the killing, "a stupid act of violence that took one of our neighbors from us."
Slay says he'll order city flags to half staff.
Riggins was a fourteen year veteran of the department.
If you'd like to help Firefighter Riggins family, the Backstoppers organization will be working with them. Their website is attached or you can reach them at 314-692-0200.
And I do beleve that the are treating it as a line and duty death b/c he was on his way home from work and still in uniform. REST IN PEACH BROTHER LEONARD RIGGINS THOUGHT AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS FAMILY AND THE ST. LOUIS FIRE DEPT.
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11-05-2008, 11:01 PM #1
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St. Louis Firefighter Shot And Killed In The Line Of Duty...
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11-15-2008, 12:39 AM #3
RIP. Hope all goes as well as possible for the family and friends. Prayers and thoughts also for them too.~But with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26~
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11-15-2008, 08:27 AM #4
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It's hard for firefighter's to loose a "brother".
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