Preliminary results of an autopsy on the body of a Summerfield man accused of bursting into his neighbor’s residence for unknown reasons while armed with a gun revealed no information about how he died.
According to St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department reports, Kevin D. White, 58, of the 200 block of West Butler Street in Summerfield, forced his way into the neighbors’ home about 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
A tense scene unfolded over the course of about two hours. It ended with the suspect being taken away from the scene dead.
“This one doesn’t make any sense,” St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Scott Weymouth said. “But we’re going to keep digging.”
Weymouth described the suspect and his victims as “acquaintances,” He said the Sheriff’s Department had no reports to indicate they had problems in the past. A check of White’s court records in St. Clair County revealed only minor traffic tickets, the most recent in 2003.
Witnesses told the Sheriff’s Department that they heard shots fired and the county dispatched its tactical response team while police maintained a perimeter around the building in the same block of West Butler as White’s house. The tactical squad arrived about 7:20 p.m. Saturday.
Police found White on the porch of the neighbors’ home upon their arrival. They said the suspect was “walking and coherent” but laid down and stopped moving. Officers were unable to get near White until the tactical squad arrived because of concerns that he could start shooting, according to Weymouth.
“When he was approached it was determined he was deceased,” Weymouth said. “There were reports that he discharged a firearm before law enforcement arrived.”
But Weymouth said authorities didn’t hear any shots while they were at the scene.
The victims of the home invasion were taken to St. Louis University Hospital with unspecified injuries. Weymouth said he doesn’t believe the injuries were life threatening.
Weymouth could not say how the victims were injured or what sort of weapon or weapons the suspect possessed.
Investigators are awaiting the results of toxicology tests conducted during the autopsy of White.