St Louis homeowner who pulled guns on Black Lives Matter protesters says he could face charges and has been ‘slandered’ by local media as he heaped praise on his wife
- Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia rose to fame on June 28
- The couple were photographed ‘defending’ their home with guns in St. Louis
- They claimed the guns were needed to protect themselves from a BLM march
- On July 10 the couple’s home was raided and their gun seized
- On Saturday McCloskey told Fox News he believes he could face charges
A Missouri man who rose to fame after brandishing guns on the doorstep of his home as Black Lives Matter protesters marched past has said he could face charges in the case.
Mark McCloskey, 63, made headlines on June 28 when he was pictured alongside his wife Patricia outside their St. Louis home.
McCloskey, a personal injury attorney, owns the firearms legally.
Kimberly Gardner, circuit attorney in St. Louis, announced shortly after the June incident that her office and the St. Louis Police Department would be conducting an investigation into the McCloskeys’ display of firearms.
On July 10 the McCloskeys’ home was searched, and the rifle seized.
Mark McCloskey appeared on Fox News on Saturday to discuss the July 10 raid on his home
McCloskey and his wife Patricia went viral after a June 28 run in with BLM protesters
McCloskey on Saturday told Fox News that he believed he would face charges, although he was unclear what.
‘I don’t know the details of the criminal aspect of this, although I think there is no criminal aspect of this,’ he said.
‘But I think under the technicalities of Missouri law, in order to trump up whatever the attorneys are going to have against us, we have to test-fire the weapon or make sure that it’s the gun and credibly capable of being lethal.’
The Fox News host, Jesse Watters, shook his head in dismay.
‘And now you think you might get indicted by this radical DA,’ said Watters.
‘You could probably slap the city of St Louis with a law suit.’
Watters asked if McCloskey was considering that,
‘I’m just trying to get on with my life,’ he replied.
‘I’m trying not to say too much, because at any moment we could be slapped with a summons and arrested.’
McCloskey told Fox News he could face charges, but he did not know what
McCloskey said his wife was struggling with the attention, but praised her defense of their property, saying he did not expect her to also display her weapon, a handgun, during the event.
‘I was always surprised to see her out there facing off [the] welfare crowd,’ he said.
‘I grabbed my rifle and I was standing up on the porch – and all of a sudden I see her in the front yard with our pistol in her hand.
‘What a woman.’