Police: Dad shoots, kills man who held gun to teen daughter

Police: Dad shoots, kills man who held gun to teen daughter

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A man is dead after an attempted home invasion.

The incident began late Monday when a 17-year-old girl was accosted outside her home by two armed men. The men, one of whom had an extensive rap sheet, confronted the teen after she stepped outside of the house to go to her car, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Cortez McClinton, 33, and Terrell Johnson, 31, held a gun to the girl’s head and used her as a shield as they entered the family home, where a five-year-old child was also present.

The girl’s father and mother witnessed the abduction, and both retrieved their guns. Police say the girl's father fired several shots at the men as they entered the home, striking both.

“He was holding her hostage. She was a human shield. So I did what I had to do,” he told Fox 2 in St. Louis.

So how did he have the confidence to pull the trigger with his daughter's life in the balance? Click here to find out.

The girl's mother fired once with another gun but didn't hit anyone.

Terrell Johnson was fatally wounded. Cortez McClinton fled in Johnson's car and was taken by his brother to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to his chest and thighs.

McClinton was charged on Tuesday with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and armed criminal action and jailed on a $1 million, cash-only bond.

In 2010, McClinton was charged with shooting another man. Charges were eventually dropped due to lack of witness participation. He also had drug possession and distribution charges against him.
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