On Thursday, a mother and her adult son were found dead in a home in Wildwood, St. Louis county, Missouri, after an apparent murder-suicide, said police. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, authorities believe Eric Scherrer, 23, shot and killed his mother, Janet Scherrer, 54, then killed himself.
Someone called a neighbor about 8 p.m. Thursday night, concerned about the Scherrers, according to police. The neighbor checked the ranch-style home the Scherrers shared in the 4600 block of Fox Crest Drive and found Janet Scherrer unresponsive, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Authorities arrived and found both Scherrers dead inside.
Police did not know a motive in the murder-suicide.
According to Mediaite, a memorial set up on the street where Michael Brown was fatally shot was destroyed recently when a car crashed into it. Based on reports, the destruction of the memorial appears to have been deliberate.
Reports say that people in the community rallied to rebuild and restore the memorial overnight.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a man was arrested Wednesday evening in St. Louis after he drove through the crowd and later waved a gun at protesters.
A protest leader said four protesters were hit. A police spokeswoman said nobody was seriously hurt.
According to the Post-Dispatch, protesters then chased and surrounded the minivan, and the driver waved a black handgun at them. At one point, protesters broke out the van’s back window. The van was dented, and police recovered a rock from the back seat. Police took the driver, a 57-year-old man, into custody.
Recently, a Black police officer in the St. Louis county police department was charged with a felony after hitting a person on the hand with his baton, even though officer Darren Wilson did not get charged with any crime at all.
Is this appropriate, and why would that be?
Dawon Gore, a Black 13-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, was charged with felony assault after striking a MetroLink passenger on the hand with his expandable baton following an argument, according to CBS St. Louis.
CBS St. Louis reports, Gore is accused of using excessive force against an unnamed 24-year-old light-rail passenger in late April at the Hanley Road station in Clayton.
According to a police press release, the investigation was forwarded to prosecutor Bob McCullough, the same prosecutor who did not charge Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer in the murder of Mike Brown, an unarmed Black teenager.
The investigation was sent to McCullough with a recommendation to press charges, which is what he did. Gore, who is a 44-year-old Ferguson resident, was charged with second-degree assault. He was jailed on a $3,500 with a cash-only bond.
Ferguson, Mo. – According to Zachary Roth and Aliyah Frumin of MSNBC, sources told NBC News that the grand jury now is planning to meet on Monday. A grand jury vote had been expected as early as Saturday in the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.
Public safety units, including police and fire, have eased back on their alert status, multiple sources told NBC News. And 12 hour police shifts that had been planned for Saturday are now expected to begin Sunday.
President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have urged calm ahead of the grand jury decision on whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson with a crime in the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown. Still, authorities, residents and businesses here are bracing for unrest.