Police shot long time critic of the state Jefferey Weinhaus at least twice on Tuesday. Weinhaus, a member of Central Missouri Copblock, has been bashing the state for years in his own independent newsletter, on his website Bulletinman, and on youtube.
The local St. Louis paper liked to ridicule him for his contempt of state. But Weinhaus had a loyal following of fans and advertisers and made a living with his words. He seems a divisive figure and didn’t pull punches. He likely made some powerful enemies. According to the last post on his website, his computers were taken from him and the Missouri Highway Patrol was calling his advertisers and telling them to pull their ads.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that two troopers with the Missouri Highway Patrol’s drug and crime division officers arranged to meet Weinhaus at a gas station. They apparently planned to serve an arrest warrant for two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of tampering with a judicial officer. Another report stresses that Weinhaus came to the meeting with a gun.
Copblock points out that the two highway patrolmen were also armed, and many people who aren’t pussies regularly carry a means of defense such as a firearm regularly. A friend of his also hints that Weinhaus may have been unaware of the warrant, he gave this statement to Copblock; “He named highway patrol cops by name. we have been exposing them all. we have been physically trying to wake the masses and start this party before they do. they start it, its game over from the start. he was armed, that is true. he was very fucking scared, and wasn’t leaving home without one. he was going to meet the troopers. there was no warrant, yet the news says there is, so meh. they called him there to meet and shoot him, and they did.”
Cops on the scene gave the TV news the standard “there was a confrontation, shots were fired” answer. The paper got the cops to say more, according to the STL Post-Dispatch “Sgt. Al Nothum said Weinhaus reached for his handgun, and the officers, in fear for their lives, fired at him, striking him at least twice. It was not known if Weinhaus fired a shot.”
1. Why did Weinhaus agree to meet with these scumbags?
2. If Weinhaus really pulled his heat first how did he not get a shot off? If he did wouldn’t the cops be blabbing about that?
3. Did the cops position themselves to avoid security camera’s? If there is surveillance video from that gas station it could help clear a few things up.
The state will conduct it’s own official investigation which will obviously favor the state. I’ve experienced how these investigations play out. The shooters will drag this out to keep the press off balance and get their story straight. Then they’ll call a press conference a few hours before the TV News deadline to release their findings. Reporters will only have a chance to skim the report for any inconsistencies and just report the basics parroted to them by a PIO or the prosecutor.
Weinhaus is still alive although hospitalized in critical condition. I pray he lives for obvious reasons of humanity but also because it seems like the only way we’ll ever know the truth about what happened.