A married couple brandished firearms at a group of protesters who marched through their upscale St. Louis neighborhood on Sunday night on their way to the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson.
The couple confronted the group of about 300 protesters after they breached a gate in the neighborhood, according to a local NBC affiliate.
A video on Twitter showed the woman point the firearm at passing protesters while shouting.
A protester wearing a T-shirt that read, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” urged participants to relocate into the street in an attempt to diffuse the situation.
The protesters were en route to Mayor Krewson’s home to demand her resignation after she released names and addresses of residents who suggested defunding the police department, the report said.
A couple draws their firearms on protestors as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. June 28, 2020, in this picture grab obtained from a social media video. (DANIEL SHULAR/via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.)
The couple’s “Midwestern palazzo” home was featured in St. Louis Magazine in August 2018 after they completed a major renovation.
In the piece, they showed off their dome gilt ceiling and curved double staircase of marble leading to the second and third-floor landings.
A couple draws their firearms on protestors as they enter their neighborhood during a protest against St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. June 28, 2020, in this picture obtained from social media. (DANIEL SHULAR/via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.)
“The glass in the windows” is from the second-floor reception hall at the 14th century Palazzo Davanzati in Florence, “and the shutters, at least the ironwork, are probably original,” the couple told the magazine.