Police carried out a search warrant and took the gun to a St. Louis man when Black Lives Matter protesters marched through his gated community.
On Friday, authorities searched the home of attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who made headlines on June 28 when a video went viral and showed them that they were waving firearms at protesters gathered outside their home.
The search revealed the AR-15 owned by Mark McCloskey, while a gun wielding Patricia McCloskey was already owned by her lawyer, Fox reports.
Photos of the couple standing outside their palatial building armed with an AR-15 and a gun were circulated around the world in late June
And speaking to Fox News on Tuesday about the first incident, senior personal injury attorney Mark McClosky said, “It was shocking. The gate entered. Apparently everyone in the world came forward. I think the estimate is 300-500 people ‘
“We followed the search warrant. They brought my AR, ”Mark McCloskey confirmed The Todd Starnes Radio Show. “I’m absolutely surprised at this.”
No charges have been brought against the couple. The couple’s lawyer, Joel Schwartz, plans to meet with St. Louis Circuit attorney Kimberly Gardner’s office next week, the Washington Examiner reports.
The McCloskeys have said they feared the protesters and protected their home when they saw firearms aimed at the crowd.
“It was shocking. The gate entered. Apparently everyone in the world came forward. I think the estimate is 300-500 people, “Mark McCloskey told Fox News on Tuesday.
St Louis couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who made headlines after being portrayed on their porches while aiming guns at Black Lives Matter protesters, claimed 500 protesters had broken down their gates and threatened to kill them
“They came straight at us. We were preparing to dine on the porch and we were literally 70 feet from the gate.
“By the time we got our guns, and by the time I got my gun, the crowd was probably 30 or 40 feet away. We thought this was the end. People shouted everything. ‘
When asked what the protesters were yelling at them, Patricia McClosky added, “That they would kill us, that they would come in there, that they would burn down the house, that they would live in our house after I died.”
She said they pointed to different rooms in the house and said “that’s going to be my bedroom” before threatening to kill their dog if he barked.
Mark McClosky said he started arranging private security for the house when the couple received a tip stating that the protesters were planning to come back to ‘fetch us and burn the house.’
“We were told the city police had been ordered to resign, we were told there would be no official help,” he said.
“Our neighborhood association put out a flyer saying that if people broke in, they would just allow it.
“So we started hiring private security and entity after entity said they didn’t want to get involved.”
The situation got so bad that the couple began to “hide” their valuables and were told by a security company of former members of the special forces to “walk away” and “leave” the house.
Instead, the couple sat down and said the second protest was loud but nonviolent.
The husband and wife added that they had to hire private security to protect their home because police were reported to have been denounced. Pictured: The couple’s broken gate after protesters burst into their yard
Protesters gather outside the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey during a protest against racial inequality on July 3
The local police were there and the couple eventually got their own security.
“We had a good routine on Friday. The local police stood up like champions and we had our own security, “he added.
“Everything happened as it should happen. The crowd was loud, but they were not allowed to do anything wrong. ‘
At the second protest on Sunday, the couple were seen on their balcony with their lawyer while private security patrolled up and down.
Protesters chanted and waved placards outside the residence about 15 minutes before proceeding.
In an earlier interview recalling what had happened, Mark McCloskey claimed that his and his wife’s actions had nothing to do with race and that he didn’t know what race the protesters were.
“Here’s the interesting thing: I’ve spent my career defending people who are defenseless for people who have a hard time making their oracle happen, for people who don’t have a voice,” he continued.
“My black customers love us. On the night this happened, I was called by some of our black customers, who told us how wrong it was as the press wrote to us and how wrong it was to be portrayed as racist.
“This is what I do for a living. I help people who are down or who need a hand and people who need a voice, ”McCloskey added.
“Calling us racist is ridiculous and it has nothing to do with race. I was not worried about the race [of] the crowd that came through my gate, I was afraid I would be killed. I didn’t care what kind of race they were. ‘
The video of the couple’s impasse went viral, with some supporting the couple’s right to protect their private property and others claiming they had broken the law by threatening a peaceful protest.
Police said people in the crowd yelled threats at the couple and the McCloskeys would not be charged.
According to the NRAState law does not prohibit the open carrying of firearms, but does exhibit “any weapon readily capable of lethal use” in the presence of one or more persons in an angry or threatening manner.
Exhibiting a weapon in this manner would likely be a Class D crime for which a prison term of up to four years is imposed and a fine of no more than $ 5,000.
According to the St. Louis Americanhowever, the “castle doctrine” allows people to use deadly force to attack an intruder on their property.