Suspect Nathaniel Smith in Custody in Killing of MetroLink Security Guard

Nathaniel Maurice Smith is facing a murder charge in the killing of a security guard at a MetroLink station. - COURTESY ST. LOUIS POLICE
COURTESY ST. LOUIS POLICE
Nathaniel Maurice Smith is facing a murder charge in the killing of a security guard at a MetroLink station.


A man wanted in the killing of a security guard at a MetroLink station is now in custody.

St. Louis police confirmed 36-year-old Nathaniel Maurice Smith has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Smith is accused of gunning down 30-year-old James Cook at about 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Delmar Loop station.

The two men may have had a confrontation earlier in the morning regarding sleeping on the train, according to CrimeStoppers.

Police and CrimeStoppers released a surveillance camera image of the suspected shooter on Sunday night, and CrimeStoppers offered a $25,000 reward for information. MetroLink and the City of St. Louis each put up $10,000 of the reward money.

Police have applied for charges through the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office. Prosecutors were still reviewing the case this afternoon.

There is a GoFundMe page created to help Cook's wife and two young daughters cover the family's mortgage and pay for his funeral.

Police say this man, accused of killing a MetroLink security guard, is now in custody. - St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
Police say this man, accused of killing a MetroLink security guard, is now in custody.

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