ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Police are investigating after a knife-wielding suicidal patient was shot and killed by two security guards at the Center for Advanced Medicine, on the Barnes-Jewish Hospital campus.
The incident occurred on the 14th floor of the facility located at 4921 Parkview Place, in the Central West End.
The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Andrew Merryman.
According to police, staff members requested hospital security officers to respond and assist with Merryman. Upon seeing the two security officers, Merryman produced two knives and flourished the security officers.
Authorities say Merryman refused to comply with numerous request to drop the knives and advanced towards the security officers, who fired their weapons striking him.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
As a precautionary measure, St. Louis Children’s Hospital was placed on lockdown.
The Center for Advanced Medicine houses the Siteman Cancer Center and other health-care clinics.