Armed Man Killed by Saint Louis University Security Guard, Police Say

Jun 25, 2021 at 12:25 pm
A Saint Louis University security guard killed an armed man early Friday morning, city police say. - SCOTT DAVIDSON/FLICKR
A Saint Louis University security guard killed an armed man early Friday morning, city police say.

Updated: St. Louis police have identified the man who was killed as Omar Zulueta, 36, of the 2600 block of Rutger Street in St. Louis. The original story continues below.

A 36-year-old man, who police say was armed with two guns, was shot dead by a Saint Louis University security guard just off campus early Friday morning.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a shooting call at 12:31 a.m. They found a man near a curb, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the 3300 block of Locust Street in Midtown between North Theresa  and North Leonard avenues.

EMS transported the man to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police. The man's name has not yet been released.

It is unclear what led up to the fatal encounter with the 66-year-old guard or whether the man was carrying the firearms legally. The guard's name has not been released.

Robert May Hall, a university apartment building housing graduate, law and medical students, is located on the block of the shooting, according to a university webpage. Searls Hall, another university building, also lies on the block.

SLU students, parents, faculty and staff received two texts regarding the shooting from the university’s department of public safety.

The first, sent at 12:54 a.m., warned recipients to avoid the area of the shooting. The text, though, did not specify the location of the area.

“SLU ALERT: A officer involved shooting one subject down DPS/St. Louis City Police/EMS en route Avoid the area until further notice,” the text reads.

The second announced that both SLU’s Department of Public Safety and St. Louis police were at the scene of the incident and that normal activity could resume.

A SLU spokesman did not respond on Friday morning to questions about the shooting but forwarded a letter this afternoon written by university President Fred Pestello to students and the university community.

"The enormity of this tragedy cannot be lost on any of us," Pestello said in the letter. "It is the first time in SLU’s history that someone has been killed by a public safety officer. As members of a Jesuit institution, we recognize that all loss of life presents an enormous tragedy, and impacts all of those involved. We must do everything we can to prevent it from happening in the future."

The city police homicide division is handling the ongoing investigation into the shooting. Police ask anyone with information regarding the shooting to call the homicide division at 314-444-5371 or, to remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

Editor's note: This story has been updated with an excerpt from the letter Saint Louis University's community.
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