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St. Louis Cops: Robbers Kill Guard

October 8, 2002

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A bank guard was shot and killed Monday during a scuffle with one of two would-be robbers, who then fled empty-handed, authorities said.

Nathan Ley, 25, was credited with thwarting the robbery at the Bank of America branch, investigators said. He died at a hospital about two hours after he was shot twice in the head.

Police said one man pulled a ski mask over his face in the bank’s parking lot as the second suspect confronted the guard near the front door. After a brief struggle, Ley was shot at point-blank range.

The suspects then fled on foot in different directions, Police Chief Joe Mokwa said. Searchers for the men used a police helicopter and tracking dogs.

Ley worked for Wackenhut Corp., a security firm. People who answered telephones Monday night at the company’s Florida headquarters and at a local office said no one would be available to comment until Tuesday.

Bank of America’s president in Missouri, Pat Mercurio, said in a statement that the corporation extended its sympathies to Ley’s family. A memorial fund would be set up in his name, Mercurio added.

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