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Group of at least 3 robbers targeted armed ATM technicians — and 1 ended up dead

ST. LOUIS — A group tried to rob two armed guards who were servicing an ATM in Missouri on Tuesday, Jan. 7 — and one of them ended up dead.

Police identified the man who was killed as Jordan Pruitt, 19, of St. Louis.

According to authorities, two suspects waited in the parking lot of Vantage Credit Union at 601 Greenway Chase Drive near New Halls Ferry for the guards to arrive. A third suspect waited inside a getaway vehicle.

When the guards showed up around 1:30 p.m. and began working on the machine, two suspects wearing ski masks approached them. Both guards fired their guns and at least one of the suspects fired his weapon, according to police.

“I thought [the guards] acted very quickly,” Lt. Matt O’Neill with St. Louis County police said. “That was very quick thinking on his part. He was actually going to give them the money and he started shooting.”

During the shooting, one suspect was shot and later died in the hospital.

The guards were unharmed. They awere reportedly cooperating with the police investigation.

The North County Children’s Academy and the credit union share a parking lot. The day care was on lockdown, according to an employee.

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