ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A St. Louis County grand jury has returned a 15-count indictment against a man accused of firing shots during a trunk-or-treat event in Kirkwood last month.
Matthew McCulloch, 39, is accused of firing multiple shots at a Halloween event at North Kirkwood Middle School on Oct. 15.
McCulloch was formerly with the St. Louis County Police Department but is no longer employed. He is also the son of former St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McClulloch.
According to a probable cause statement obtained by FOX 2, hundreds of children and adults attended the trunk-or-treat event. McCulloch aggressively approached those present and made statements such as “You’re all going to die” before a witness pushed him.
After falling to the ground, McCulloch pulled out a handgun and a badge and began firing upwards, screaming that those present would die, according to the probable cause statement. At some point, several witnesses attacked McCulloch and authorities confiscated the weapon.
The charges mean St. Louis County will prosecute the incident. The case is being handled by a Conviction and Incident Review Unit, an independent unit responsible for handling cases involving police officers and other public figures in St. Louis County.
According to the St. Louis County District Attorney’s Office, McCulloch has been charged with the following charges:
- Six counts of endangering the welfare of a child posing a significant risk
- Seven counts of armed criminal action
- In one case it is a terrorist threat
- One count of unlawful use of a weapon
McCulloch remains in custody on a $500,000 bond.
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