Belleville man who didn't realize he was shot in home invasion dies later
By Robert Kelly
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
BELLEVILLE — Police said a man who refused medical treatment last week after not realizing he had been shot during a home invasion has died.
Investigators said Robert Bunn Sr., 69, was found dead Tuesday by his ex-wife in the home where he lived alone in the 900 block of West D Street in Belleville.
Five days earlier, he had been wounded in a holdup there.
Belleville police said Bunn was awakened about 1 a.m. Jan. 8 by an intruder who he said struck him in the face with what Bunn thought was a pipe, causing a small cut. Investigators say Bunn apparently didn't know he had been shot, and that the swelling may have sealed the bullet wound.
The suspect fled, apparently taking with him items from Bunn's wallet and a drawer.
An autopsy revealed that Bunn had been shot with a small-caliber gun. St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone, a former police detective, said it is not unusual for shooting victims not to realize they have been shot if any other injuries also are inflicted during a struggle.
The suspect ran from Bunn's house after the attack, police said. Bunn had described him to police only as a man wearing an "army style" coat with a hood.
Police said that shortly after the home invasion, paramedics were on the scene, but Bunn chose not to seek medical attention.
No arrests had been made by late Thursday.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 618-234-1212 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.