KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) The former mayor of the St. Louis suburb who was badly wounded when a gunman opened fire at a February City Council meeting has died of complications connected to his injuries.
Mary Jo Wich, a spokeswoman for the St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, says Mike Swoboda died Saturday morning after a stay in hospice care. He would have turned 70 this month.
Resident Charles "Cookie" Thornton killed a police officer outside of City Hall on Feb. 7, then burst into a city council meeting and killed another officer, two council members and the public works director. He shot and wounded the mayor and a reporter.