Mark and Patricia McCloskey were confronted outside their St. Louis home by a sizeable group of Black Lives Matter protesters on June 28 and brandished two firearms during the incident.
During an interview on Monday with Tucker Carlson, the couple explained they have been cooperating with an investigation into the incident. The result is pending, but Mark revealed the “rumor is” that the couple will be “indicted shortly.”
“The police were really very professional and very nice,” he said via Fox News. “The cops that came out to issue the search warrant on us, they were almost apologetic. They didn’t want to have to be there. They were doing their job. Patty wanted to take a picture to document it, and she asked if they wouldn’t mind facing away from the camera so that people wouldn’t get mad at them if their faces were shown on TV.”
“They, unfortunately, are stuck between a circuit attorney [Kim Gardner] that wants to prosecute us, and their own belief that we did nothing wrong,” McCloskey continued.
“My attorney advised me not to be on the show tonight because the rumor is that we are going to be indicted shortly,” he also said per the report. “Having said that, this is the same circuit attorney that released 35 of the protesters that torched and looted in downtown St. Louis but now she wants to indict me.”
“I didn’t shoot anybody. I just held my ground, protecting my house, and I’m sitting here on television tonight instead of dead or putting out the smoldering embers of my home,” McCloskey added.
Carlson said the couple could have remained in their home during the incident, likely remaining out of trouble, but nonetheless defended their right to protect their property.
Fox News reports the host said he was upset that no public or state officials have come to the couple’s defense (legal or otherwise).
“The way I view it is, when you have certain elements of society encouraging violence, [and] at the same time asking the police to stand down, what’s the only possible result?” McCloskey responded. “The only possible solution is for individual citizens to stand up to defend themselves, and I’m afraid what’s being promoted is causing citizens to stand up and defend themselves so they can be abused the way we have been.”
The incident went viral online as many people flocked to social media to comment on the situation.
The McCloskeys have stood by their version of the series of events, claiming the crowd of “300 to 500 people” threatened them with a “violent assault” so they pulled out the weapons in self-defense to deter the aggression.
The protesters claim they were passing outside of the home to get to the mayor’s home who also lived in the gated community.
It was later learned the protesters had destroyed a fence to get into the private residence.
Also, photos and videos of the incident may have shown Patricia McCloskey violate the law as she had her finger on the trigger for most of the exchange and occasionally pointed the gun directly at the crowd of people.
Watch the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” interview below:
Mark McCloskey says that he believes that he and his wife are going to be "indicted shortly". pic.twitter.com/8o4xsb82Az
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) July 14, 2020