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Suspects shoot dog during South City home invasion, police say

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A dog trying to protect a St. Louis family during a home invasion was shot and killed by the suspects and now police are searching for two gunmen.

According to St. Louis police, the home invasion happened March 31, in the 4600 block of Varrelmann in the Bevo Neighborhood. Police said five people were inside the home including two children, ages two and three, when two suspects broke the frame of the front door, pulled out guns and demanded property.

As the two gunmen were in the home, the family’s pitbull charged at them and one of the suspects shot and killed the dog. The suspects fired one more shot into the ceiling and then left the house. The people inside the home were not injured.

A neighbor tells News 4 he saw and heard the commotion on Thursday morning. 

“I heard when they kicked in the door and started shooting and I heard the dog when he hollered when they shot him,” said the neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Police were given very vague descriptions of the suspects as one of them had his face covered, but police tell News 4 the victims did not know the suspects. The crime has other neighbors concerned for their own safety.

“It seems like it's getting so much more invasive. It's not just people walking down the street, now people are busting into your house, it's just insane,” said Chuck Byington, neighbor.

Anyone with information about the crime should call St. Louis police. 

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