Police: Man Shot Dead After Pulling Gun on Utility Workers, Demanding Wallets

On November 16, police said a man with a gun approached three utility workers and robbed two them before being shot dead after the third man was commanded to reach into his truck for his belongings. Among the third worker’s belongings was the gun with which he shot the alleged robber.

According the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police said that at 9 a.m. in St. Louis County, Missouri, “three contractors for ADB Utility Co. were working on water lines near that intersection when an armed man approached two of the workers who were standing near a company truck.” He was able to take wallets away from the first two men and then “told the third man to give him his belongings that were inside of a work truck.”

Police said the third worker “had a handgun stored inside the truck, and as the robber held the third victim at gunpoint, the victim fired one shot at the man, striking him in the chest.” The alleged robber died at the scene.

St. Louis County Sgt. Brian Schellman said a gun was discovered on the suspect’s body, and the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons is investigating the suspect’s death as “an act of self-defense.”

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