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February 14, 2013

Metro Statement Regarding Arch-Laclede’s Landing Incident

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting late last night at the Arch-Laclede’s Landing MetroLink Station. Police have indicated that this was not a random crime. All media inquiries about the investigation should be directed to St. Louis Police.

The Metro security guard assigned to patrol the station and surrounding area had been on the platform just minutes earlier but was not on the platform at the time of the shooting. A Metro Transit Service Manager, also at the station, was descending the platform stairs and responded immediately. Police are using the surveillance video to aid in their investigation and it will not be released by Metro or the police department.

Tragedies like this one are rare on the Metro system which carries nearly 900,000 passengers each week. Metro’s Public Safety Department includes commissioned police officers from St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Clair County as well as full-time former police officers and contracted security officers. Metro is not permitted to be a licensed police department so we are working closely with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. We appreciate the urgency that law enforcement investigators have placed on solving this crime.

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