Police have identified two men who were fatally shot by a homeowner they were allegedly attempting to rob Tuesday afternoon.
Jonathan Warren, 18, of Florissant, and Lonnie Middlebrook, 20, of Ferguson, were shot and killed by a homeowner in the 4100 block of Taft, which is a few blocks from the old Bevo Mill Restaurant.
Police said Warren and Middlebrook entered the homeowner’s detached garage and attempted to rob him just before 4 p.m.
One of the suspects held a gun to the homeowner’s head and demanded that he back up, police said. The 73-year-old then grabbed his own gun and, fearing for his safety, fired it at the suspects, according to officials.
Police said the homeowner fired in an act of self-defense, killing both suspects.
The suspects’ guns and the homeowner’s gun were found at the scene. According to police, the gun recovered from Warren was reported stolen on Oct. 30 by the Florissant Police Department.
Police haven’t released the homeowner’s name, but a neighbor said he and his wife are well liked.
“They were very nice. You just kind of see them come and go they would speak, when the weather was nice, they were out. They are nice people,” said neighbor Kim Bryant.
The homeowner was taken by police to be fingerprinted as part of the investigation.
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