Motorist Fatally Rams Officer Who Ticketed Him
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A man enraged over receiving a $4 parking ticket Wednesday rammed his car into the patrolman who issued the citation and then got out and kicked the officer as he lay dead, police said.
A bystander who managed to grab the officer’s revolver, which had dislodged from its holster, pointed the gun at the assailant and told him to ″quit kicking that officer or I’ll kill you,″ Police Capt. Robert Richters said at a news conference.
The bystander kept the suspect at the scene until officers arrived and arrested him, Lt. Col. Robert Scheetz said.
The suspect, Willie Taylor Jr., 43, of St. Louis, was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder, said Sam Bartolet, an assistant proseuctor.
″He (Taylor) said his anger got the best of him,″ Richters said.
Officer Johnnie C. Corbin, 41, was struck and killed a few minutes after he issued a parking ticket to Taylor, Scheetz said. Taylor had become verbally abusive toward Corbin because of the $4 ticket, Richters said.
Corbin was sitting on his three-wheel motorcycle, writing another ticket a couple of blocks from where Taylor confronted him, when a car ″came roaring″ from behind and smashed into him, Scheetz said.
″Witnesses ... stated that the subject, when he observed the officer seated on his tri-car issuing a ticket, accelerated his vehicle and drove it directly at the officer,″ Scheetz said.
The collision hurtled Corbin’s vehicle 100 feet down the street, Scheetz said.
The driver of the car then got out, walked up to Corbin, who was sprawled on the street, and started to kick him, Richters said.
A witness grabbed Corbin’s handgun and pointed it at Taylor until officers arrrived, Richters said. The gun had been damaged and would not have fired, Richters said.