Homeowner charged in shooting of alleged car thief turns self in - KMOV.com

Homeowner charged in shooting of alleged car thief turns self in

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Charles Flagg III allegedly fatally shot Shawn T. Jimenez. Credit: St. Charles County Jail. Charles Flagg III allegedly fatally shot Shawn T. Jimenez. Credit: St. Charles County Jail.
Shawn Jimenez (KMOV) Shawn Jimenez (KMOV)
Police in Lake St. Louis investigating (Credit: KMOV) Police in Lake St. Louis investigating (Credit: KMOV)

LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A Lake St. Louis homeowner was charged Wednesday in a deadly shooting that stemmed from a car theft; he turned himself into police Thursday.

On November 4, just before 1 a.m., police received a call about a vehicle that was stolen. Shortly after the call, police received another call from the same person about shots fired in the area of Lake St. Louis and Monterey Cypress.

After the gunshots were fired, the stolen vehicle traveled a few blocks and went off the roadway and into a grassy area near a home on Quail Meadows Drive.

When police found the vehicle, they also found a man, later identified as Lake St. Louis resident Shawn T. Jimenez, 31, dead of a gunshot wound inside. 

The owner of the vehicle, Charles Flagg III, told police he heard his car alarm go off and when he went out to check he noticed someone trying to steal it, which is when he fired his gun at the suspect. Flagg then stated that as the car drove off, he walked towards it and fired "3 to 5" more shots. At least one of those shots struck Jimenez.

Flagg admitted to police he fired the weapon and said he did not feel threatened or at any time. 

Flagg is charged with murder. Leslie Grey lives on the same street as Jimenez. A street over is where Flagg lives. 

"I don't think that he probably meant to do what happened," she says. 

Police say what is known as the castle doctrine, or what gives a person a legal protection to shoot an intruder in their home or vehicle didn't come into play because there wasn't a threat to live or serious bodily harm. With the recent gun changes in Missouri, St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar says gun owners need to be more aware of what is legal and what is not.  

"If you're going to have the privilege of being a gun owner, which you do, you very much do, you also have to have the responsibility to know what rules are, we can't allow this to turn into the Wild Wild West," says Lohmar. 

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