A pizza delivery driver shot one of two men who was trying to rob him at gunpoint. The incident happened on Spring Street in St. Louise’s Dutchtown neighborhood. The driver’s name has not been released at the time of this article being published. The suspect who was shot did not survive the fatal shot from the pizza delivery driver.
The driver was initially attacked by two suspects. One of the robbers hit the delivery driver in the head with a sidearm. The driver received a laceration to his head. The driver ran back to his vehicle while one of the suspects was firing a gun at him. The driver retrieved his weapon and returned fire to the suspects. The first suspect was hit and died at the scene. The other suspect fled the scene on foot.
The driver returned to the IMO’s pizzeria where he worked about a block away and called the police. When the Police arrived they found the body of the suspect on the ground with a weapon beside him. No charges have been preferred on the driver as of this time. Two days later according to the manager of IMO’s the driver resigned from his delivery job siting stress of the situation.
The first suspect was identified as Lavon Courtney 17-years-old who died at the scene from a gunshot wound. The second suspect was identified as Montel Smith, 24, who has been taken into custody and has been charged with murder and robbery for his alleged role in the crime. He is being held on a $500,000 cash only bond.
A local news reporter interviewed some residents in the area. They stated the neighborhood has gone downhill in the past few years. One resident Theresa Hill who lives in Dutchtown is supportive of the driver saying “I’m glad the delivery driver was able to help himself. Everyone has that right...It just seems to be getting more and crazier. I mean I can lay in bed and hear gunshots going off. I’m afraid one day I’m going to be sitting there watching TV and end up dead.”
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Since August of 2017, there have been five delivery persons robbed in South City. Two have been robbed at gunpoint.
As of December 1st, there have been 191 murders in St. Louis this year. A representative for the police stated the investigation is ongoing to determine if the delivery driver could face any charges, or if it will be classified as self-defense. If the investigation determines this to be a self-defense it will not be added to the homicide statistics for the city.