Case Facts: Kirkwood police Sgt. William McEntee was 43, the father of three, and a Kirkwood police officer for nearly 20 years. On the evening of July 5, 2005, McEntee took a call for another officer to the Meacham Park neighborhood over a complaint of fireworks. He was talking to three juveniles when Kevin Johnson walked up to the police car, fired several shots inside it, and then walked away.
Shot in the head and chest, McEntee still managed to get his car in gear and drive it about 200 feet before he crashed into a tree. Some neighbors tried to help the stricken officer, others called police and McEntee managed to get out of the police car. Kevin Johnson returned, fired three more shots and killed him.
Two hours earlier, Johnson’s younger half-brother, Joseph “Bam Bam’ Long collapsed at the house of Johnson’s grandmother. Police and paramedics arrived. “Bam Bam’ was taken to a hospital where he died of a congenital heart condition, an autopsy later revealed. Johnson was upset over his brother’s death. He testified he was in a trance when he shot McEntee.
Case facts courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch