ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) – Charges have been upgraded for a St. Louis County man accused of fatally shooting a person who fell into his apartment door early July.
Thomas Clement, 30, was originally charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action.
The second degree murder charges have been upgraded to first-degree murder.
According to police, Larry Neal Jr., 31, was walking in an apartment breezeway in the 6800 block of Chesapeake Drive when he tripped on a barbecue and fell into Clement’s apartment door around 12:20 a.m. Sunday. After Neal walked away and headed up the stairway, Clement allegedly came to the apartment door with a gun in his hand. The suspect then reportedly yelled at Neal and showed the gun.
Police said Neal then turned to go back downstairs and when he reached the stairwell’s landing, Clement fired at him. The suspect fired 11 shots at the victim, who was not armed at the time, authorities said.
Neal, of Florissant, was later pronounced dead.
He is being held without a bond. Police said they believe the suspect is a “danger to the community due to the nature of the charges.”