Man Shot Dead of Security Guard

Posted on April 14, 2009. Filed under: Missouri, murder |

ST. LOUIS, MO – A 24-year-old man was charged with murder Thursday in connection with the shooting death of a Schnucks security guard Tuesday.

Rodney L. Wesley was charged with the killing. Police said he grabbed Wayne Groom’s gun and shot him in the back of his head and in his right leg.

Wesley is from either Washington Park or St. Louis, according to police.

Wesley had been nabbed for allegedly shoplifting from the store, and Groom had taken him to the back of the store where they got into a scuffle. The suspect then took the victim’s gun, shot him and fled on foot.

Probationary East St. Louis Patrolman Kristopher Weston chased and caught the suspect, who was taken to the East St. Louis City Jail.

East St. Louis Police Detective Marion Riddle said Wesley was to be taken to the county jail later Thursday. His bail was set at $2 million.

Groom, 43, had worked for Hamilton Security & Investigations in O’Fallon for five years. More on

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