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Armed utility worker kills would-be robber

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A would-be armed robbery suspect was shot dead Monday morning while attempting to hold-up three utility workers in north county, the St. Louis County Police Department said.  The suspect has been identified as Antonio Moore, 17, of the 2700 block of North Kingshighway.

According to Sgt. Brian Schellman, a county police spokesman, the incident occurred around 8:55 a.m. around the intersection of Lynncrest and Crown Point.

Three contractors for ADB Utility Company were working on water lines near that intersection when a man approached and pulled out a gun. The armed man ordered two of the workers to hand over their wallets. The suspect turned his attention toward the third contractor, whose belongings were inside the work vehicle, Schellman said.

The third contractor had a handgun stored inside the work vehicle, however, and he was able to retrieve the firearm and shoot the robber in the chest.

The robbery suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, Schellman said.