Thomas Kinworthy: Florida Man Charged in Murder of St. Louis Police Officer

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St. Louis City Justice Center Thomas Kinworthy

Thomas Kinworthy is a 44-year-old Florida man who is accused of the murder of 29-year-old Officer Tamarris Bohannon.

Bohannon was shot in the head on August 29 while responding to a shooting incident, and a second officer was also shot and wounded, leading to a 12-hour standoff with the suspect, CNN reported.

The St. Louis Ethical Society of Police said on social media that Kinworthy was the suspect. The police organization also indicated that Kinworthy has an extensive, violent criminal history.

On Tuesday, St. Louis police confirmed that Kinworthy was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer, first-degree burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm and armed criminal action.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Bohannon, a 4-Year Department Veteran, & a Fellow Officer Were Shot by the Suspect, Who Was Barricaded Inside a Home for 12 Hours

Bohannon and another officer responded to reports of a shooting near Tower Grove Park in St. Louis on Saturday night, August 29, local Fox affiliate Fox 2 Now reported. The gunman was in a home that was not his, from where he shot at both officers, the outlet reported.

The gunman fired multiple times, hitting Bohannon in the head and the second officer in the leg, the St. Louis Police Association said in a Facebook post. Gunfire went on for several hours before the suspect was apprehended, according to the association.

The following day, a procession of police vehicles escorted Bohannon’s body from the local hospital where he was treated, according to Fox 2.

A spokesperson for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department posted a statement from the officer’s family to Twitter on Sunday.

“He is a hero to many, but most importantly to his loving wife and three incredible children,” the statement read in part. “The loss of this great man is felt deeply within the St. Louis community and we ask for your prayers and support in the days ahead.”


2. A Local Police Association Named Kinworthy as the Suspect Before the Department Confirmed He Had Been Charged

The Ethical Society of Police, a local African American police organization, posted on Facebook and Twitter on August 31 that the suspect, Thomas Kinworthy, was in custody — despite no charges yet being officially announced.

“Murder suspect Thomas Kinworthy’s history is full of guns and unprovoked violence,” the organization tweeted. “On January 1, he was given a $30,000 bond in Florida for sexual assault/armed kidnapping. Officer Tamarris Bohannon should be alive. Kinworthy should’ve been in jail. The unbalanced [criminal justice system] is glaring.”

The St. Louis Post Dispatch also reported that Kinworthy was in custody Monday at the city jail.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department told Heavy on Tuesday that Kinworthy was arrested and charged.


3. Kinworthy Was Out on Bond for a Case Out of Brevard County, Florida, in Which He Was Accused of Attacking & Trying to Rape a Man

The Ethical Society of Police indicated that at the time of the shooting, Kinworthy had skipped bail on a kidnapping and sexual battery case in Brevard County, Florida.

Brevard County Sheriff’s spokesman Tod Goodyear told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “It is unfortunate that someone as violent as him was able to get out of the court system and travel to St. Louis and take someone’s life. Our hearts go out to the families of the officers, particularly the officer who was killed.”

According to court documents, Kinworthy and his girlfriend invited a man to their apartment to watch them have sex on August 29, 2019. The three slept together at the apartment, and in the morning, the victim alleged, Kinworthy tied his hands behind his back and choked him. Then, while threatening the victim with what he believed was a gun, Kinworthy bent him over a bed and tried to rape him, though he did not complete the act, the man told police.

Kinworthy was arrested on those charges in January of this year and was out on bail when he failed to show up for court on August 19, according to the court documents.


4. Kinworthy Was Also Convicted in a Road Rage Shooting in Brevard County in 1998, According to Local News

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Brevard CountyThomas Kinworthy booking photo

At age 21, Kinworthy was a fugitive on drug charges out of Missouri when he and another man got into a road rage-related fight with a third man in Cocoa, Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Kinworthy and the second suspect were charged with attempted murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony for the 2001 incident, in which the shooting victim lost three fingers, according to the outlet.

He was convicted and spent six years in prison, local CBS affiliate KMOV 4 reported.

Kinworthy also has multiple drug possession charges and a first-degree tampering with service of utility or institution charge out of Missouri from 1992 and 1995, respectively, according to online records.

He also was charged with weapon possession charges as a convicted felon in Florida earlier this year, when police found multiple guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his car, the Post-Dispatch reported.


5. St. Louis City Jail Records Indicate Kinworthy Was Booked Into Custody on August 30; According to Police He Faces Multiple Charges

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City of St. LouisThe St. Louis Justice Center.

According to online records at the St. Louis Justice Center — the city jail — Kinworthy was arrested and booked into custody on August 30 at 1 p.m.

On Tuesday, St. Louis police confirmed that Kinworthy was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer, first-degree burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm and armed criminal action. Bond and attorney information was not immediately available.

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