ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - An off-duty Pagedale reserve officer is now charged with first degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child, in connection with a fatal shooting Sunday night.
St. Louis police announced the charges Monday afternoon against 34-year-old James Little of the 5100 block of Lotus, saying he also was once a city of St. Louis policeman. He was commissioned in 2002 and left the department in early 2007 for "personal reasons."
Sunday's shooting started with a fight over custody of a child. It happened around 6:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Farrar in north city.
Investigators identified the man killed as 32-year-old William Dupree who lived at the home, and was the fiancé of the woman whose child was being brought to the residence by the child's father.
Officials tell us this all began when the off-duty Pagedale Reserve Officer arrived at a home to drop off the child.
They say Little and the fiancé got into a fight and the officer ended up shooting the fiancé at least three times in the head.
William Dupree was pronounced dead at the scene.
The father of the victim's fiance, Gerald Billingsley, says Dupree was working as a St. Louis County Correctional Officer and attending school at SIU. However police officials have not confirmed that.
Billingsley said he knew why the men were fighting.
"Probably child support and the fact that she's with someone else now and the victim was real good to his kids real, real good to them," he said.