Violence On The Landing Leaves Dotson On The Defensive

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A deadly stabbing and a separate shooting on Laclede’s Landing over the weekend – along with several car break-ins around downtown and midtown – have the city’s police chief on the defensive.

Chief Sam Dotson said Monday that with all of the basketball fans in town over the weekend, and more coming next weekend, he has been increasing patrols.

“In addition to the normal patrols, we’ve increased our overnights,” Dotson explained. “Those are the groups that work ten at night to six in the morning… and six at night to two in the morning. So during those peak times there will be additional officers.

Dotson said there were seventeen officers in the area around Laclede’s Landing when the shooting took place Saturday morning. The chief says both the stabbing and the shooting were alcohol-involved fights which went too far.

“I actually worked Friday evening and was out until one o’clock in the Delmar Loop and saw a police presence; I was on Washington Avenue and saw an increased police presence. So the officers were visible,” Dotson said.

The chief said he does not know yet whether the shooter had a concealed carry permit.

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