ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been charged, accused of fatally shooting a neighbor during an argument over street parking, then of trying to kill the victim’s wife.
Troy Jackson Jr, 28,. was charged Monday with first-degree murder, assault and other counts for the June 16 killing of Jermane Hicks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Police said Jackson shot Hicks as the two argued over street parking on the block where both men lived, in the 4700 block of Leduc street. Hicks’ wife was inside their home at the time and saw Jackson shoot her husband, investigators said, and went outside to confront Jackson. Police said Jackson then fled, but later returned to the house. He accused of barging through the front door and fired shots at Hicks’ wife inside the home. Police said he missed and exhausted all of the rounds in his gun before fleeing.
There's reportedly surveillance video from Hick's home showing Jackson enter, fight with Hick's wife then fire his weapon.
Jackson is being held without bail.
As of Monday, there have been 161 first- and second-degree homicides reported in St. Louis so far this year, according to Gov. Mike Parson.
Parson has called a special session to address violent crime, particularly in St. Louis and Kansas City. The Senate last week approved a bill that would, among other things, strengthen witness protection programs and allow judges to decide whether a child between the ages of 12 and 18 should be tried as an adult for unlawful use of weapons and armed criminal action.
The House is expected to take up the bill this week. Some lawmakers and protesters have said the proposals focus too much on punishment and do not address causes of violent crime or racial inequality in the justice system.