Hospital Security Guard Kills Suspect At St. Louis Hospital

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A security guard at a St. Louis children's hospital shot and killed a man who rammed the guard with his car early Wednesday, police said.

Police said the guard at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital was investigating two people in a vehicle in the hospital's parking lot when he was hit by the car and thrown to the ground, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The security guard was listed in critical condition Wednesday.

The guard fired into the car, which then hit a parked car, police said. The driver fled but was found about two blocks away from the hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police had initially said the 32-year-old suspect was attempting to break into cars in the lot.

A female passenger in the suspect's car was taken into custody, police said.

No names have been released.

Cardinal Glennon spokesperson Molly Eime said the hospital was cooperating with authorities but didn't directly comment on what happened.

“We appreciate the courage of our security officer and our prayers are with all involved," she said.