Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Veteran shot by police last week passed away

Man shot by University City police officer last week in possible 'suicide by cop' dies

St. Louis Post Dispatch
March 27, 2019

UNIVERSITY CITY • A man shot last week in a confrontation with police has died.

James Hunn, 61, died Monday, six days after authorities say he was shot by a University City officer as he pointed a shotgun at police.

Hunn’s wife, Cathy, told the Post-Dispatch last week that he was an Army veteran who recently had suffered a stroke and was distraught over his health. Police described the March 19 shooting as a case of “suicide by cop.”

“He was just hurting so bad,” Cathy Hunn said then.

But on Tuesday, she disputed the police description of the shooting.

“That’s not true,” she said. She declined to comment further, and referred a reporter to an attorney, who could not be reached.

The confrontation was about 6 a.m. March 19 at Hunn’s home, in the 1500 block of North Hanley Road. Officers had been on the porch, yelling into the home for him to surrender, when he came from his bedroom and pointed the shotgun at police, said Capt. Fredrick Lemons of the University City Police Department.
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