Court Confirms Officer Did Have a Right to Defend Himself from a Scumbag
By Doug Howlett
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that former St. Louis police officer, Matthew D. EerNisse, has finally been found not guilty of assault for shooting a suspected carjacker in self-defense in 2018.
The former Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner charged the officer with first-degree assault in 2019 following the incident in which prosecutors had alleged EerNisse had “recklessly” shot unarmed suspect, Arvell Keithley, wounding him in the thigh and arm. Those charges were dropped to second-degree assault on the first day of the trial after new evidence came to light that EerNisse’s attorney felt should have led to all charges being dropped, but the circuit attorney had a different agenda.
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