The raid on Mark and Patricia McCloskey’s mansion resulted in authorities seizing the rifle that Mr McCloskey was seen brandishing in a video that went viral after the incident in June.
The search took place on Friday night at the property in the Central West End neighbourhood, according to local news stations. KSDK reported on the seizure of the rifle.
On 28 June, protesters marched by the McCloskeys home on a private street on their way to St Louis mayor Lyda Krewson’s house in a nearby gated community.
Demonstrators were calling for the mayor’s resignation after she read out the names and addresses of people that wrote to her demanding that she defund the police force, during a livestreamed briefing.
According to the police report, the McCloskeys claimed to have seen a “large group of subjects forcefully break an iron gate marked with ‘No Trespassing’ and ‘Private Street’ signs”.
The couple claimed that the group yelled obscenities and threats of harm and that they “observed multiple subjects who were armed” and so armed themselves.
Missouri has a number of laws that may protect the McCloskeys from any criminal charges. No charges have been filed to date.
However St Louis University law professor John Ammann told KMOV that under those protections you are not allowed to aim a gun unless there is a specific threat that someone is approaching or attempting to enter the home. Video footage showed that Mrs McCloskey appeared to be pointing a gun indiscriminately, with her finger on the trigger, rather than at a specific threat.
City prosecutor Kim Gardner is investigating the incident. She said at the time: “Make no mistake: We will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights, and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.”