St. Louis Police Officer Tamarris L. Bohannon died on Sunday, August 30 after being shot by an unidentified gunman who police say is in custody. Bohannon was a 29-year-old Black man with more than three and a half years of service with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, police said.
Bohannon was one of two Black St. Louis police officers that police say was shot by the suspect on Saturday, August 29. The suspect, a 43-year-old white man, reportedly was barricaded in a house on Hartford Street near Tower Grove Park when he fired on the officers.
In a handwritten statement released by the police department on social media, Bohannon’s family shared that his family nickname was “T” and his fellow officers affectionately called him “Bo.”
They said he was raised “and continued to live and raise his family in the city in which he patrolled,” St. Louis. “He is a hero to many but most importantly to his loving wife and three incredible children,” the family said. “The loss of this great man is felt deeply within the St. Louis community, and we ask for your prayers and support in the days ahead.”
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, who said she had spent time with the family, and U.S. Senator Roy Blunt most immediately shared their support for the family via the media. There have been countless expressions of support via social media.
The other injured officer, according to police, is a 30-year old Black man with less than six months of service. He has been released from the hospital, according to police.
The suspect was taken into custody after a lengthy stand-off with officers, police reported. Police reported that no shots were fired by officers.