Jesse Lopez Obituary, Death – On Tuesday, the police in Soulard made the announcement that they had taken into custody the suspect they believe was responsible for the shooting death of another man earlier this month. Jesse Lopez, 24 years old, passed away on January 7 around 2:00 a.m. in the Conoco parking lot located at 1314 Gravois Avenue. The city recorded its first homicide of the year at that time. St. Louis Major Ryan Cousins said on Tuesday that the investigation has led them to think that Lopez was shot by a 26-year-old guy as Lopez attempted to break into the man’s Honda Pilot. According to him, law enforcement discovered the wrecked Honda on Tuesday morning in St. Charles County. The 26-year-old man was taken into custody by the officers nearby.
The commander of the Bureau of Investigative Services, Cousins, stated that investigators were wrapping up their questioning with the suspect that morning and that they planned to bring charges, including for first-degree murder, on Wednesday. The major stated that despite the fact that one of Monday night’s three homicides occurred at the same Conoco gas station, the police have established that the two crimes are not connected to one another. “There is a meeting that is scheduled with the owner of that location to see if we can try to get a (cease and desist), and the captain of that district has also put out patrols around that area,” Cousins said. “The purpose of the meeting is to determine whether or not we can try to get a (cease and desist).” “There have been issues there in the past, but there have been no homicides.”
In November, the city of St. Louis issued an order mandating that a Shell gas station located in the city’s Old North St. Louis neighborhood be boarded up and closed for the next 12 months. This came after years of mounting complaints from neighbors about drug dealing and violent crime at the gas station. Residents of the area frequently refer to the gas station as the “Shoot ’em up Shell,” and it was given the status of a public nuisance after being accused of providing a safe haven for criminal activity. The matter is still being considered.
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