Probe of bartender's death in St. Louis widens

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 | 5:41 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — A bartender at a popular downtown St. Louis tavern was fatally shot during a robbery. Shortly thereafter, police were trying to determine if another man shot to death a short time later was one of the suspected robbers.

The robbery happened at about 11:45 p.m. Monday at Maggie O'Brien's. Police said 32-year-old Michael Dolan was shot. He died a few hours later at a hospital.

Minutes after the incident at the tavern, a man who had been shot in the chest was dropped off at a hospital by another man, who then fled. That shooting victim also died.

Police spokeswoman Erica Van Ross said investigators are looking into whether the man shot in the chest and the man who dropped him off were the robbers.

Police Chief Daniel Isom said the incident was a great concern but atypical of robberies downtown. He said that while overall crime downtown is down, robberies are up slightly. He said he was redeploying officers to address the matter.


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