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Armed victim kills man who was trying to rob him near downtown St. Louis, police say

A man tried to rob a person with a pistol, but the victim pulled out their own weapon

ST. LOUIS — A man was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire with a person he was trying to rob Sunday night.

The shooting happened at about 9:49 p.m. on the 800 block of Cole Street, near the border of Downtown and the Columbus Square neighborhood. 

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said a suspect armed with a pistol tried to hold-up a victim who also had a gun. The two exchanged fire and the suspect was shot and killed.

A homicide investigation is underway.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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