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    Default St. Louis Firefighter shot and killed

    A sad and senseless loss for StLFD. To summarize, he was off-duty and stopped to help an accident victim. Little did he know it was a carjacker, who proceeded to shoot him in the chest.

    RIP Firefighter Leonard.


    KSDK -- Police were on the scene of a shooting in Glasgow Village involving an off-duty St. Louis firefighter Wednesday night. The firefighter died later at a local hospital.

    The shooting happened at Shepley and Spring Garden drives around 5:00 p.m.

    According to St. Louis County Police Chief Jerry Lee, investigators believe there were as many as four carjackings over a 15 minute period. That first carjacking occurred in a person's driveway. The suspect took off but eventually crashed the vehicle.

    Firefighter Leonard Riggins came upon the crash scene and attempted to help the carjacking suspect, unbeknownst to the driver's previous actions. The carjacking suspect then shot Riggins in the chest and took his car, Lee said.


    The suspect crashed again at Riverview Drive and Spring Garden, and attempted to carjack another person. He then got involved in a shootout with police and was shot in the middle of Riverview. He died at the scene.

    No one else was injured during this incident, Lee said.

    St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay wrote on his blog that he would order the city to lower its flags to half-staff.

    Riggins, 52, was a 14-year veteran of the St. Louis Fire Department. He was near his home at the time of the shooting.
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    He died doing what he was taught to do and that was help others.

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    Very sad.


    The only justice here is the suspect was shot and killed. Some taxpayer money saved right there.

    I feel for his family and department. Just doing what he was trained to do, help people.
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    How absolutely bloody senseless and tragic. My thoughts and prayers to his family and brothers and sisters in St Louis

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    Rest In Peace Brother, praying for your family and your brothers at the Fire Department.

    He died doing what I think most of us would have done. If we see someone in need, we stop and help. I sometimes have that little nagging voice in the back of my head, but I always stop and hope for the best. I want to be able to believe in the good of people.
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    Terrible, terrible, terrible. Praying for you guys in St. Louis.
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    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.

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    Heard about this last night. What a horrible story. My thoughts go out to the family and the entire StLFD
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    Absolutely terrible..Rest in peace brother.

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    may he rest in peace

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    How horrible. RIP Brother. Thoughts and prayers with his family, all at the StLFD, and the surrounding areas.

    Glad the P.O.S. got his and didn't get to enjoy his time in prison.
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    EVERYBODY on the job knew Leonard aka to many as "godfather"..

    I can't say I ever met anyone that ever said a cross word about him. He had spent many years assigned to HQ. I would say he was our equivalant to MASHs Radar.....helped anyone..anytime...anywhere when needed...scrounger...in charge of the "commissary"...if you needed new uniforms, bunker gear, gloves, boots,shoes, etc...he was the guy to go to.

    HQ will definatley not be the same w/out him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fieldseng2 View Post
    EVERYBODY on the job knew Leonard aka to many as "godfather"..

    I can't say I ever met anyone that ever said a cross word about him. He had spent many years assigned to HQ. I would say he was our equivalant to MASHs Radar.....helped anyone..anytime...anywhere when needed...scrounger...in charge of the "commissary"...if you needed new uniforms, bunker gear, gloves, boots,shoes, etc...he was the guy to go to.

    HQ will definatley not be the same w/out him.
    Chief Jenkerson mentioned this in an interview last night. Said Leonard was a big help with recruit classes at the academy also. Chief got choked up talking about him......makes me feel even more terrible for the department's loss.

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    Another good human being killed by an animal. Just a sad and shocking story. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Brother Riggins.
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    Condolences from Orlando to the St. Louis brothers and sisters. What a terrible loss.
    Greater love has no man than to lay his life down for a friend.

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    Unhappy horrible tragedy

    Rest in peace brother sincere condolences from Carter Lake, Iowa, You and your family are in our prayers.

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    How tragic! It sounds like he was a blessing. He may still be watching over you from the other side, covering your backs........

    My thoughts and prayers x
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    Stay safe

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    Because he was assigned to HQ staff, literally on-call 24/7, in uniform/drivng FD vehicle from HQ to home...CFD is classifying the incident as a LODD.

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