- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2021

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a guard at a light rail station.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that 36-year-old Nathaniel Maurice Smith III of Berkeley also was charged with armed criminal action.

James Cook, 30, of Sullivan, was shot Sunday at MetroLink’s Delmar Loop station in the city of St. Louis.

St. Louis Detective Lila Payne said in court records that Smith approached Cook, pulled a gun and shot him multiple times. Payne says an eyewitness identified Smith as the gunman.

Cook, who worked for a private security firm hired by MetroLink, was not armed. He was a U.S. Marine veteran and was married with two children.

A federal compact prohibits MetroLink security guards and contracted employees from carrying deadly weapons.

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