In the United States, it’s actually easier to purchase a gun than it is to adopt a pet or even buy cold medicine. For police, that means responding to calls involving guns is literally an everyday occurrence.
Police can become desensitized to gun violence, but officers from one Missouri police department were moved to tears when they saw what was inside a suburban home after getting a call from the shooter…
The 911 Call
Just before midnight on Thursday, February 22, 2018, the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department received a call from a man that told the 911 operator to send police go to a home right away on Hoyt Drive in Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri.
The Mystery Caller
The man refused to give police his name, but he was very clear about one thing. Police were needed at a home in the 1200 block of Hoyt Drive. The man didn’t give many details during the 911 call, but before he hung up, he warned police about what they would find…
A Chilling Detail
The 911 caller told police that when they entered the single-story home, which was owned by 31-year-old Katrina Banks, they would find 3 dead bodies inside. “He said three,” Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Chief Jeremy Ihler said about the mystery caller.
A Quiet Neighborhood
Police immediately sent police to the home, which was in a quiet neighborhood where Katrina had lived for about 4 years. Throughout all the years that Katrina lived there, the police had never been called to the home for a single disturbance…
When police entered the home, they found 3 bodies inside just like the caller had warned them. The first victim, who was found in the living room, was the 31-year-old homeowner. Next, police found her 15-year-old son, Kevin Johnson, and Katrina’s fiancé, 31-year-old Dornubari Dugbor.
A Shooter On The Loose
According to the police, each victim had been shot and they feared the shooter was still on the loose since the trajectory of the bullets seemed to come from the front door. Police Chief Ihler asked the Major Case Squad to help figure out where the 911 call had come from…
Tracing The Call
If they traced the call, they believed it would lead them to the shooter. Investigators managed to trace the phone number of the caller, but when they saw who the number belonged to, they were more disturbed and confused than ever.
The phone call had come from Dugbor’s phone, and investigators realized he had killed Katrina and her son before he put his 9 mm semiautomatic pistol under his chin and pulled the trigger. Police now understood why Dugbor had a phone and the murder weapon in his lap when police found him, but they couldn’t understand why he would murder his entire family…
Police Flood The Streets
According to a neighbor, Micaela Redmond, the neighborhood is normally extremely quiet. Police arrived at the home just after 12 a.m. on Friday the 23rd, and Redmond had never seen that many police cars on her street in the 7 years she’d been living there.
The Community Is Shocked
When Redmond heard what the officer found inside her neighbor’s home, she was stunned. “Just shocked, just shocked,” she said. And Redmond wasn’t the only person who was blindsided and confused after news of the murder spread…
Blindsided By The Violence
“I had to sit down and gather myself because I was in shock as I am now,” said Dr. Katrice Noble about the moment she was notified of the news.“No one deserves this.” Dr. Noble was Katrina’s principal when she was in 9th grade, and the two women reconnected later in life when Katrina started attending and volunteering at Noble’s church.
An Above Average Student And Friend
“Spunky young vibrant, very intelligent 9th grader,” said Noble. “She was determined to be the best in the classroom, she was the student that her peers liked, she joined any activity that there was, she was that all around young lady.” Even when Katrina became pregnant in high school, Noble knew it wouldn’t stop her from achieving her goals…
A Mother Destined For Great Things
“Very determined, very committed and never letting any obstacle hinder her goal,” Noble said about Katrina. “She had a lot to give to her family, to her community, and to the world. She was destined to do great things… An all-around good person.”
A Miracle Discovery
Noble and Katrina’s other loved ones are having a hard time processing her senseless death, but are grateful for one small miracle, which the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department discovered while doing a thorough search of the crime scene…
Katrina’s Other Child
Police had no idea that Katrina had another child, a 4-year-old daughter that she had with Dugbor. While searching the rest of the home more thoroughly, they discovered the little girl in a back bedroom of the home. Miraculously, she was unharmed.
The Lone Survivor
When the police first entered the bedroom, they found the little girl laying perfectly still in the bed. At first, they feared she had been shot and killed like the rest of her family. As they got closer, however, they realized she was pretending to be asleep and was scared to move…
The Brave 4-Year-Old
The police quickly got the little girl out of the house and got her to a hospital to make sure she was not injured. Once doctors examined the 4-year-old, who was able to tell police more details about what happened, she was allowed to be released into the care of her family.
The Truth Is Revealed
According to Police Chief Ihler, the little girl was woken up shortly before midnight when she heard the first gun shot. She wandered into the living room to see what the noise was and found her mother on the floor. When her father told her to go back to her room, she did what she was told…
A Missing Motive
“She heard several shots fired after that,” said Ihler, who still hasn’t been able to figure out a motive for the brutal murder-suicide. According to investigators, there are no records or reports of any mental health issues or conflicts between Dugbor and Katrina. For now, Ihler and the community are focused on supporting the lone survivor of the senseless tragedy.
The Main Concern
“I am very, very, very concerned about the 4-year-old girl. The great concern I have for the 4-year-old girl [is] this is something she is going to have to live with for a very long time, if not forever,” said Ihler. “I think it is going to be very imperative for this community to come together to assist this young baby,” added Noble, who is planning on setting up a fund for her friend’s daughter.