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Soulard Mardi Gras shooting: Business owners weigh in

11:44 PM, Feb 10, 2013   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - People in Soulard are cleaning up and taking stock after an officer involved shooting at Mardi Gras left one man dead. Business owners say the two St. Louis police officers who shot and killed a 32-year-old man did what they were paid to do -- protect the public.

Police say Otis Robernson was waving a gun at a crowd and officers, and refused to drop his weapon.  Witnesses say he had fired the gun in the air after a fight.

Organizers and business owners say they are grateful no one else was hurt.

"It's still a tragedy that someone died, it's still a tragedy that a police officer has to go through what he has to go through. I'm sure he didn't want to take a life," says Johnny Daus, the owner of Johnny's in Soulard.

But Daus says despite the tragedy of the situation the officers "probably saved a lot of lives" by tacking lethal action.

The organizers of Mardi Gras say they plan to meet after Fat Tuesday, as they do every year, to see if there is anything they need to differently when it comes to security. 

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