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Police identify man killed in confrontation with Cardinal Glennon hospital security guard

Police identify man killed in confrontation with Cardinal Glennon hospital security guard

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UPDATED at 9:50 a.m. Thursday with name of man who died

ST. LOUIS — A security guard at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital early Wednesday morning shot and killed a man who had rammed the guard with his car, according to St. Louis police. 

Police said the guard was investigating two people in a red Kia that were on the hospital lot in the 1400 block of South Grand Boulevard about 1:10 a.m. 

The Kia then struck the guard, throwing him to the ground, and the guard fired gunshots into the car, according to police. 

The Kia then struck a parked car in the lot. The driver of the Kia ran from the car, but was found in the street about two blocks south of the hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead. 

Police on Thursday identified him as 32-year-old Anthony Smith of the 5500 block of Alcott Avenue.

A 26-year-old female passenger of the Kia also attempted to run from the scene, but was taken into custody, St. Louis police said.

Police later forwarded charges for the woman to prosecutors, but she had not yet been charged as of 4:20 p.m.

The security guard was left in critical condition and was considered unstable Wednesday morning.

Cardinal Glennon shooting

St. Louis police were inspecting a Red Kia in the parking lot of Cardinal Glennon after a shooting involving a security guard and a car break-in suspect early on Oct. 20, 2021. Photo via KTVI (Fox2 News.)   

St. Louis homicide detectives are investigating.

Cardinal Glennon spokesperson Molly Eime referred all questions to police Wednesday, but the hospital issued a statement about the incident: "This has been a difficult day at Cardinal Glennon. We’re a tight-knit community—in many ways a family—and to have one of our own critically injured like this is upsetting. SSM Health believes in the power of prayer, and we ask the community to join us in praying for healing for our friend and colleague."

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