You’ve likely heard about the St. Louis couple that made the news when a group of protesters broke down their neighborhood gate and marched through their neighborhood.
The McCloskeys, as they’re known.
They stood outside of their home with guns and the wife, Patricia McCloskey, waved and pointed her handgun in the direction of the protesters. They said the protesters threatened to kill them and burn down their home while some allegedly said they’d just take over their home.
The St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is charging the couple with a felony.
The McCloskeys say that the handgun Patricia was using was inoperable.
This is where the story gets weird.
The handgun apparently would not fire when the police tested it.
In order to bring the felony charges against the couple they have to prove the gun posed a threat.
Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Hinckley ordered crime lab staff members to field strip the handgun and found it had been assembled incorrectly. Specifically, the firing pin spring was put in front of the firing pin, which was backward, and made the gun incapable of firing, according to documents obtained by 5 On Your Side.
Firearms experts then put the gun back together in the correct order and test-fired it, finding that it worked, according to the documents.
The gun was used as a prop, according to the couple, and was inoperable as a matter of purpose.
Their attorney, Joel Schwartz, says he's disappointed that law enforcement would alter evidence to bring charges.
“It’s disheartening to learn that a law enforcement agency altered evidence in order to prosecute an innocent member of the community,” Schwartz said.