The St. Louis couple who had gone viral on social media in late June after confronting dozens of violent rioters on their property were served a search warrant by police, a new report claims.
According to Fox News, “authorities in St. Louis executed a search warrant Friday evening at the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who made headlines last month when they took up arms to defend their home from protesters.”
“During the search, police seized the rifle that Mark McCloskey was shown holding during the June 28 incident,” the report continued.
As of now, the couple have not been charged for any crime, and the warrant only applied to searching for guns. The AR-15 variant Mark McCloskey wielded during the confrontation was the only firearm seized. The handgun used by Patricia McCloskey was already in the possession of their attorney.
During an interview with Hannity on Fox, Patricia said the incident began after “300 to 500 people” broke into the gated community the couple lived. The protestors entered the community intending to set up a demonstration in front of the mayor’s residence, but a group of agitators broke off the main group and smashed their way through the McCloskey’s gate, entering their private property.
The claim that protestors were actually just passing by to get to the mayor’s house is untrue, the couple said. The Federalist reported, “Mr. McCloskey told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that his private residence is not in fact on the way to the mayor’s house. ‘The mayor’s house cannot be reached through my neighborhood,’ McCloskey said. ‘No single media outlet has ever mentioned the complete falsity of that statement.'”
According to various interviews with the couple, the group threatened their dog, brandished a loaded pistol magazine accompanied by threats of violence, and refused to leave the property when asked.
“[They said] that they were going to kill us,” Patricia McCloskey told Hannity on Monday night. “They were going to come in there. They were going to burn down the house. They were going to be living in our house after I was dead, and they were pointing to different rooms and said, ‘That’s going to be my bedroom and that’s going to be the living room and I’m going to be taking a shower in that room’.””Fox News
St. Louis circuit attorney, Kimberly Garder said in a statement immediately following the incident, “I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault. We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated.”
However, it’s evident from the open calls for violence and trespassing on private property that these were not ‘peaceful protestors.’
Missouri is a Castle Doctrine state, meaning people have a right to use force, including deadly force, to defend their lives and property when faced with credible threats of violence.
The McCloskey’s attorney at the time, Albert Watkins, said under Missouri’s Castle Doctrine, “a person has the right, has the absolute unmitigated right to protect his or her castle or family while on their property. And in this particular fact situation, you have individuals who are acting on private property, trespassing as lawbreakers onto private property, damaging and destroying private property and acting in a threatening and hostile fashion, such as to give rise to what any human being would consider to be placing them in a position of abject horror and certainly in a position of feeling in fear of imminent harm.”
Watkins added, “My clients didn’t sit on their front stoop with guns … No firearms were on them at the time that they, were, as property owners standing in front of their home. It was not until they basically were in a position of seeing and observing violence, recklessness, lawbreaking, and knowing that the police were not going to be doing anything.” The couple did not arm themselves until after the mob broke into their yard.
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