Service honors fallen private officers


Mt. Juliet TN Sept 29 2014 There are 1.2 million private security officers in the U.S. On Wednesday, Private Officer International held a memorial service to honor those officers “who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
Rob Cesternino, who owns Calvary Security Services, said from the latest report from Private Officer International, which lists statistics from 2012, there were 112 deaths in the industry.
“Of those deaths, 65 were from gunshot wounds, 14 were traumatic injuries and nine were stabbings,” Cesternino said.
He said throughout the country there are varying levels of training to become a security officer, and that in many states, security officers can be commissioned as deputy sheriffs, including Tennessee.
“In some states, only four hours of training are required to obtain a security officer certification,” Cesternino said.
He said there are also many states in which there is no continuing education requirement. That same private officer can work for 10 years with the original four hours of training for certification.
State Rep. Susan Lynn spoke of her family’s connection to the private security officer industry. Both her grandfather and great-uncle lost their lives while performing their duties.
“My family is very aware of how dangerous this job is,” she said. “We want to thank you for the risks you take everyday.”
She and Rep. Mark Pody presented a proclamation in honor of Private Officer International Memorial Week. Lynn said the pair works on legislation to aid security officers.
Private Officer International Founder Rick McCann said the memorials have been held for the last five years. POI was founded in 2004 and McCann said since that time 1,587 security officers were killed in the line of duty.
“Many private security officers and private law enforcement officers are the true first responders,” McCann said. “Often they are first on the scene and have apprehended and detained suspects before others arrive.”
He said he could tell “countless stories” of security officers killed in the line of duty.
The service concluded with a reading of the names of those who lost their lives on the job in the last year.
Lebanon Demorcrat

Baltimore nightclub security guard stabbed to death


 — Baltimore police say that thy have made an arrest in the week-end slaying of a nightclub security guard.
The man accused in the fatal stabbing at a popular music venue got involved in a fight after two bouncers threw another person out of the club.
Thirty-five-year-old Thomas Malenski was fatally stabbed early Friday morning outside the Ottobar, where he worked.
Another security guard was stabbed and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Police arrested 32-year-old Nicholas Heath on Saturday.
Police say in charging documents that Heath admitted his involvement in the slaying.
He’s been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
According to charging documents, Malenski and the other bouncer had to escort a person out of the Ottobar.
Police say Heath attacked them while they were performing those duties.
Heath lives in Parkville. He was arrested at a home in Woodstock, in Howard County.

Mount Vernon security guard face life in prison for murder of co-worker


Dontan Jenkins, 32, could face life in prison after being charged in murder of his co-worker in Mount Vernon.

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. Sept 26 2014 – Dontan Jenkins, the Mount Vernon security guard who allegedly shot and killed his Levister Towers co-worker in July, could face life in prison after being arraigned on murder charges.
According to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, Jenkins, 32, is facing life in prison after he deliberately shot his 47-year-old co-worker, Richard Brown. He was charged with felony counts of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
Jenkins is a licensed security guard supervisor for the company that protects the Levister Towers apartment complex. Shortly after 3:30 a.m. on July 21, he approached Brown, who was in the security guard booth at the complex. Jenkins then allegedly fired three shots through the Plexiglas window that would prove to be fatal.
Brown, who had only been employed by the security company for 10 days, had had a pair of altercations with Jenkins, including one the day before he was killed, according to the DA’s office. The Mount Vernon Police Department initiated an investigation and quickly arrested Jenkins.
Jenkins was remanded to Westchester County Jail in Valhalla. He is due back in court on Monday, Dec. 22. Senior District Attorney Paula Branca-Santos of the Superior Court Trial Division has been tabbed to investigate the case.


MIAMI FL Sept 9 2014  Police are investigating the shooting death of a security officer found shot to death in his vehicle.

According to officials, Juan Marimon, 52, was found shot multiple times at 3:45 a.m. at N.E. 6 Avenue & 129 Street.

The body of the man was found in a grocery store parking lot across from an apartment complex where he was a security guard.

Officials believe the shooting took place at the apartment complex and the man possibly tried to drive to a hospital, but could not make it there.

A resident, only identified as Don, at the complex said the building security guard for the complex is the man who was shot.

“I couldn’t believe he got shot,” said Don. “You’re being paid to secure the building and you’re shot and killed.”

Blood stains could be seen at the entrance of the apartment building Sunday afternoon.

Police said the security officer likely tried to drive himself from the building to the parking lot at the Publix across the street.

“It’s a parking lot that’s lit and it’s possible that he thought someone might have been working at that Publix,” said Major Neal Cuevas with the North Miami Police Department.

Witnesses in the area of the shooting said they heard three to four gunshots.

Anyone with information about the crime can call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

Greenville SC shooting rampage leaves 4 dead, police officer injured


Sept 3 2014 — The gunman who opened fire on a law enforcement center died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing two security guards and his stepfather in a shooting rampage spanning four days, officials in Greenville County said Tuesday.
Greenville Interim Police Chief Mike Gambrell and Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis gave details of the shootings at a news conference.
Area media outlets reported Coroner Parks Evans said Evan Casey Bennett, 23, died of a gunshot wound to the head Monday, moments after he shot a Greenville police officer three times. The officer underwent surgery, and his condition wasn’t known Tuesday night.
Gambrell said Bennett came to the law enforcement center wearing a tactical vest and camouflage pants and carrying a knife. Authorities say he shot out windows at the center before shooting the officer, who officials said had responded to calls for backup.
Loftis confirmed that Bennett was involved in the deaths of two security guards at a plant that was no longer in operation.
Officials said Bobby Wayne Wood, 65, and Richard Thomas Ellison, 53, were found shot to death by a newspaper carrier outside the guardhouse of the vacant plant Friday morning. Authorities think the men were killed late Thursday at the time of their shift change since only one of them is usually on duty.
Loftis described the shootings as a” senseless thrill killing.”
Gambrel said Bennett shot and killed his stepfather, Gregory Thomas Jones, after an argument at their home on Monday.

The State

2 SC Security Officers Found Murdered


GREENVILLE, S.C.  Aug 30 2014—Two South Carolina security officers have been found murdered in the parking lot of a vacant textile plant that they were guarding.

The coroner, late Friday has released the names of the security officers who were both murdered, but the exact method of death is not being released. Initially reports were that it was a shooting, but the coroner has not yet confirmed that. Both men have multiple injuries, according to the coroner.

Bobby Wayne Wood, 65, of Pelzer, and Richard Thomas Ellison, 53, Greenville, were found dead early Friday morning at vacant Hollingsworth textile plant on Laurens Road near Millennium Boulevard.

Deputy Jonathan Smith said the bodies were found at about 3:30 a.m. by a woman who was delivering newspapers and saw the two bodies at the Hollingsworth property on Laurens Road near Millennium Boulevard.

Smith said the victims’ bodies were outside the guard station at the gate of the plant.

By 10 a.m., multiple K-9 units were at the scene. Smith said the dogs are being used to help search the 60-acre property and multiple buildings to help deputies gather any possible evidence. At about 11:45 a.m., there was also a police helicopter over the location.

The plant, which manufactured textile machinery, closed in December 2009. The property is privately owned and guarded 24 hours a day by two security guards.

When asked if the community should be concerned about a shooter, Smith said, “We understand the concern since there is no suspect information.” He said people should “be aware” and that if anyone saw anything unusual during the early morning hours or overnight at the plant, they should call 23-CRIME.

News 4 was not able to get in touch with Ellison’s family, but we did speak to Wood’s daughter, Tricia Graettinger. She said, “My daddy was a Vietnam veteran. He was a very humble man and a good father. And we will miss him.” Graettinger said the family has a lot of questions.

“I don’t understand it. I don’t know why anyone would hurt him. I don’t know what the motive is,” said Graettinger.

Smith said it was not immediately known if the guards who work at the property were armed or unarmed.

Smith said the shooting may have happened during a shift change.

He said once the coroner determines the time of death, investigators will backtrack to determine the events leading up to the shooting.

Coal mine security companies must create call-in system after guard’s death



Charleston WV Aug 24 2014
State inspectors have told a coal-mine security company to create a check-in system for its guards following the April drowning of a security supervisor at a Kanawha County coal-loading dock.
The state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training told Allied Barton Security to revise its comprehensive safety program to institute the mandatory check-in program so that management communicates with all guards at the beginning of their shifts, mid-way through their shifts, and any other time deemed necessary.
Eugene White, director of the office, said the move was intended to ensure the safety of coal industry security guards who often “sit somewhere in the mountains by themselves for hours” and to “make sure we don’t have a problem.”
The move by state mine inspectors was announced Thursday when White’s staff presented to the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety a report on a death of one of Allied Barton’s security guards.
The body of Tommy E. Reynolds, 58, of Powellton, was discovered in a sediment control pond early on the morning of April 18 at the Law River Co.’s LLC’s Crown Hill Dock facility near Hansford.Investigators believe that Reynolds drove his pickup truck onto the top of a sediment pond berm, where it became stranded, according to a report made public at the board meeting.“Based on evidence obtained and observations made during the investigation, Mr. Reynolds exited the stranded vehicle and fell into the sediment pond located on the left side of the truck and drowned,” the report said.
Reynolds had reported to work at about 4:30 p.m. on April 17 and was not heard from until his body was found at about 5:20 a.m. on April 18, the state report said.The report said that the Medical Examiner found that Reynolds had a blood alcohol content of 0.27 percent at the time of this death. Investigators found an empty whiskey bottle in the cab of the truck, the report said.State inspector McKennis Browning told board members that Allied Barton was cited by the state for not having a drug- and alcohol-testing program in place at the time of the incident.
The state’s report did not mention that citation.White, the state mine safety director, said that there are about two dozen mine security firms operating in West Virginia. They employ about 1,800 people, White said. Most of them have drug- and alcohol-testing programs in place, White said.Browning said that Allied Barton was “one of those contractors that just fell through the cracks.”
Also Thursday, mine safety board member Ted Hapney, a United Mine Workers representative, urged the board to not finalize its own review of a November 2012 death at a CONSOL Energy coal-slurry impoundment in Marion County without first getting a report from the state Department of Environmental Protection on its examination of the site.
White had told board members that state mine safety officials have no regulations that govern impoundments, saying such issues are left to DEP and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.Board member Terry Hudson said he wasn’t sure why the board should wait to hear from DEP if the state mine safety office has no rules on impoundments.
Hudson said the incident was “truly the bailiwick” of DEP and MSHA, and not the board.Hapney said he wanted to hear from DEP so the board could see if there were any new safety measures that could be adopted based on what happened at the CONSOL site.Under state law, the board is charged with reviewing reports on fatal mining accidents and determining if new rules “are necessary to prevent the recurrence of such” fatalities. – See more at:

Tempe man convicted in stabbing death of club security guard


PHOENIX AZ Aug 15 2014  (AP) — A Tempe man has been convicted of manslaughter in the stabbing death of a Scottsdale nightclub bouncer who was a former Arizona State University football player.

Maricopa County prosecutors say a jury returned its verdict Thursday against 27-year-old Ian Alexander MacDonald. They say the aggravation phase of the trial will begin Aug. 25.

MacDonald was accused of killing Tyrice Thompson outside the Martini Ranch nightclub in January 2013.

Prosecutors say MacDonald stabbed Thompson five times in the back, hip and arm after a fight. Thompson died several days later.

MacDonald pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

Thompson played tight end and receiver for the Sun Devils from 2003 to 2007.

He later was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts, but never played in an NFL game.

Los Angeles County security officer shot to death


Los Angeles CA July 31 2014 Detectives are searching for whoever shot and killed a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department security guard as he sat behind the wheel of his car in South Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
The victim was identified by the Los Angeles Police Department as 33-year-old Calvin Eugene Gray.

The Los Angeles resident had been working as a security officer for 4 years at various facilities operated by the Sheriff’s Department, according to the LAPD, which is investigating the killing.
The shooting took place about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of West 76th Street in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood.
Neighbors who did not want to be identified said they thought Gray, who was off-duty at the time, may have been dropping off a family member when he was slain.
Resident Terry Ellis said he heard at least a dozen gunshots about 7:45 p.m. while he was cooking with his children.
“I heard some shots, they thought it was some firecrackers, I said ‘No, that’s gunshots, turn off the light,'” Ellis said.
A few seconds later, Ellis said he heard tires screeching.
The fatal shooting marks at least the fourth homicide in Vermont Knolls in the past year, according to the LAPD.
Gray’s family members did not want to speak publicly about the matter.
Police said they have few leads and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Anyone with details about Gray’s killing is being urged to call LAPD homicide detectives at 213-486-6890. To remain anonymous, call 800-222-8477.

Washington and Lee University public safety officer dies


Lexington VA July 31 2014 From jump-starting cars to teaching self-defense classes, Larry Stuart did it all on Washington and Lee’s campus.
The 54-year-old senior sergeant public safety officer at Washington and Lee University died Saturday after an illness, leaving behind thousands of alumni and community members who remember Stuart as “always having a smile on his face.”
After decades of helping others, those who knew Stuart have come together to donate more than $40,000 in an online fund drive to help offset the hospital costs his family has accumulated over Stuart’s several-week hospitalization.
“Larry is this institution,” said Sidney Evans, vice president of student affairs. “You couldn’t go anywhere without people wanting to go up and talk to him.”
Though Stuart was a funny, friendly face on campus, as a public safety officer he sometimes had to lay down the law.
“This is someone who had to tell students when they were doing something they shouldn’t. But they respected him and listened to him,” Evans said.
Stuart served in the Marine Corps before joining the W&L staff in 1985.
Recent graduates Emily Bruner and Clare Stevenson started the fundraising effort after his death and have been completely overwhelmed with the outpouring of community support.
“It shows what kind of a person he was and the wide reach of his kindness towards others,” Bruner said.
Bruner and Stevenson contacted family members before starting the fundraising effort, letting the family know that they weren’t sure what kind of response they’d get.
But after a few hours and thousands of dollars raised, Stevenson said Stuart’s family broke down and cried in disbelief.
“It’s so great to be able to help and know that it’s impacting their family,” Stevenson said.
Though the fundraising campaign was only going to be open until midnight Monday, the two decided to keep the page open for a few more days for those who are just learning about it.
“Larry poured out his life for us here at W&L. He had such a sense of good will toward everyone. He showed me how to care for the students and gave his life work for this community,” Chris Paulk wrote on the fundraising site.
The money raised will go directly to the family for hospital bills, with the potential to start a long-term memorial fund in his name. Stevenson said alumni have also reached out asking about a run or event in his honor.
Stuart’s funeral will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday in Lee Chapel.

Tampa armed secuirty officer shot-killed


Tampa, Florida July 22 2014  — Tampa Police detectives are continuing their investigation into the shooting death of a security officer.
Police are asking for the community’s help identifying the person who shot and killed the armed security guard at a local night club over the week-end.
Police say the shooting occurred just before 3 a.m. Sunday morning at Supa D’s on E. Skagway Avenue.
When officers arrived, they found Kenyatha Walker, 35, lying down outside the club with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. Detectives say the shooting took place when the club was about to close for the night and they believe there was a large crowd of patrons exiting the club who may have seen the shooter.
Police are still looking for a motive and trying to determine what happened prior to the shooting. Detectives are urging those witnesses to come forward with any information they may have that could identify the suspect.
Anyone with information about this murder is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS(8477) or text “CSTB plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES). Anonymous tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000 in cash.

2 men sentenced in Detroit security guard slaying


DETROIT MI July 16 2014  (AP) — Two men will spend between 33 and 60 years in prison for second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 24-year-old security guard as he tried to prevent a carjacking outside a Detroit pharmacy.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Jeremy Jackson and Jamare Rucker were sentenced Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court.
They also were sentenced to 10 to 20 years for armed robbery, which will run concurrently with their murder sentences.
Co-defendant Ronnie Anderson-Williams faces an Oct. 1 jury trial on armed robbery, carjacking and weapons charges.
Courtney Meeks was shot in the neck in February as he rushed to help a woman being carjacked in the CVS parking lot in northwest Detroit.

Suspects sought in 2007 killing of Circle K security officer


PHOENIX AZ July 13 2014– Phoenix police are still searching for the suspects in the 2007 killing of a Circle K security guard.

Charles Saldate was shot in the front entrance of his home near 23rd and Northern avenues around 12:40 a.m. Friday, June 1. According to police, he had just arrived home from work when we heard a knock on the door and answered it. He was shot through the screen door.

A group of black men was seen fleeing the scene, possibly getting into a 1980s-model white or tan Oldsmobile Cutlass.

Police say the homicide may be related to an aggravated robbery a few months earlier at the Circle K where Saldate worked.

“Homicide detectives believe that this is all linked up, possibly due to either not wanting him to testify against them or whatever had taken place that night,” said Silent Witness Sgt. Derek Elmore. “Whatever words were exchanged that night possibly could be motivation for the homicide later.”

Around 3:50 a.m. on Friday, March 23, Saldate was assaulted and had his gun stolen after confronting two possible shoplifters at the store near 19th Avenue and Greenway Road.

Elmore said two men each grabbed two cases of beer from the cooler, and Saldate and the clerk suspected they were going to do a beer run. Saldate locked the front door to keep them from leaving and an argument ensued.

One man reportedly grabbed beer bottles from a case and threatened Saldate. The guard grabbed his gun but then put it back in his holster and opened the door to let the men go.

Elmore said the guard was then repeatedly hit over the head with the beer cases and bottles as well as kicked.

“It’s such a violent, vicious attack that he’s bleeding profusely from his head,” Elmore said.

While Saldate was on the ground, one man took his gun and pointed it at the guard’s head. Elmore said the man may have pulled the trigger, but the safety may have been on.

Detectives are not releasing whether Saldate was killed with the stolen gun.

The two suspects seen fleeing the Circle K are described as black men in their early 20s with brown eyes and black hair braided into corn rows. They were both at least 5 feet 10 inches tall and 200 pounds. Each man may have a tattoo on his forearm, one of a cross and the other of a woman.

“The two people in the (surveillance) video are definitely suspects, of course, in the aggravated robbery that took place that night,” Elmore said. “They match closely to the description of the people who committed the homicide, therefore the detectives have them listed as persons of interest, people they want to talk to, in the homicide.”

Elmore said they possibly lived in the area in 2007 and frequented the Circle K.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 1-800-343-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be left online at

Witnesses could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.



CHARLOTTE NC July 11 2014 Police in two cities are investigating the deaths of security officers found dead overnight. A security officer was found deceased in his vehicle in the early morning hours at an apartment complex in Denver. Police say that a maintenance man made the discovery when he came to work and notified police. There were no physical signs of trauma or obvious signs of the cause of death and an autopsy will be performed.
Jacksonville Florida authorities are also investigating the death of a security officer found near a vehicle at Pugh’s Auto Sales. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said firefighters and officers rushed to the shop early Thursday morning after getting reports of a pick-up truck on fire. The body of a man, believed to be the security guard for the business, was found next to the burning truck, according to police. Authorities do not suspect foul play and think that the fire was the result of an electrical problem. Police said they found an electrical wire running from the truck to the shop.  Officers will review security footage to find out what led up to the fire. Both deaths remain under investigation.

Three men convicted in robbery, death of Flint apartment complex security officer


FLINT, MI July 3 2014 — Three men have been convicted for their roles in the 2010 robbery and killing of a security guard outside of River Village Apartments, near downtown Flint.
Jurors convicted Floyd Perkins, 22, and Kenya Hyatt, 21, of first-degree felony murder in the August 2010 killing of John “Andy” Mick. The two men were also convicted of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and felony firearms.
Jury selection began June 17 in the case.
“I’m glad it is finally over,” said Mick’s wife, Sandie Mick. “Justice is served for the two men.”
A third man, 33-year-old Aaron Williams, was found guilty Tuesday, July 1, of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, felony firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also charged with felony murder, but jurors were unable to return a verdict on that count.
Williams’ attorney, Glenn Cotton, said that his client provided the gun that was used in the robbery and killing.
“He was remorseful Mr. Mick lost his life,” Cotton said of his client.
Authorities argued Mick was finishing his shift around 4 a.m. Aug. 14, 2010, at Riverview Village apartments when Perkins and Hyatt approached him and tried to steal his gun. A struggle ensued and Mick was shot to death.
“I didn’t see any need why they needed to play God with somebody else’s life,” Sandie Mick said.
Mick said that she plans to speak during the mens’ July 28 sentencing hearings.
“I’m gratified for the victim’s family that’s undergone a terrible ordeal,” Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said.
First-degree felony murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
However, Genesee Circuit Judge Judith Fullerton may be required to hold a specialized sentencing hearing for Hyatt, who was 17 at the time of the killing.
A 2012 Supreme Court ruling deemed it was unconstitutional for juveniles to face a mandatory life sentence without parole.
Gov. Rick Snyder, in light of the Supreme Court decision, signed a law in March that gave judges the discretion to sentence teen killers to life in prison or 25 to more than 60 years in prison.
Leyton said his office has not yet filed its intention to seek a sentence of life without parole.
Perkins’ attorney Kevin Rush and Hyatt’s attorney Jeffrey Skinner could not be reached for comment on the verdicts.
The case was tried by Genesee County Assistant Prosecutor Karen Hanson.

Houston driver shot after allegedly doing burnouts, hitting security guards

Driver shot after allegedly doing burnouts, hitting security guards in north side parking lot

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas July 1 2014 — Security guards opened fire on a driver who they said struck them with his pickup at a north side business, deputies said.
Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 8700 block of Airline south of Gulf Bank around 9 p.m. Sunday.
A security guard said he saw a red Dodge Ram 1500 in the parking lot of the Mercado Sagadomingo Flea Market. The driver was allegedly doing burnouts and spinning his tires, so two guards approached the vehicle.

Two other security guards quickly responded and at least one of them started shooting at the truck. At least 11 shots were fired.

The truck fled southbound on airline into the city of Houston and crashed the truck on Roseline near Airline, about two miles away from the flea market. The driver of that truck was suffering from a gunshot wound and was taken to the hospital.

Both guards who were run over were also taken to the hospital in stable condition. No one else got hurt.

Deputies are not sure why the man inside the truck drove at the guards or why he initially left the scene. Deputies say charges are pending.

Teen charged in murder at Sacramento security company


David Romero Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA June 30 2014 – A teenager has been arrested for the murder of a woman who was shot at a private security firm on Friday morning.
According to police, 18-year-old David Romero was arrested for the murder of 49-year-old Thu Lan Tran.
On Friday at approximately 9 a.m., officers responded to the 5600 block of 28th Street regarding a report of an unresponsive woman (later identified as Tran) with signs of serious injury.
Several witnesses in the area called police after hearing what they believed to be a gunshot and then noticed Tran down inside the private security firm.
When officers arrived they found Tran fatally wounded by a gunshot.
On Saturday Romero was taken into custody without incident at his apartment in the area of 32nd and X Streets.
The investigation is ongoing and detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have information regarding this case.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Robbery of security company leaves one dead

Sacramento CA June 29 2014 Police have now confirmed that an employee of a security company was killed during a possible robbery.
Police say that 48-year-old Lan Tran’s was the office manager of the family owned security guard service.
Tran was found dead Friday morning in her brother’s business American Capital Security, located in the 5600 block of 28th Street in south Sacramento, her brother Hoang Tran said.
A neighbor called 911 to report an assault after hearing a gunshot and screaming, Sacramento police said.
Police don’t have a clear motive behind the shooting, but Hoang Tran believes his sister was the victim of an armed robbery. He said the 15-year-old business has been at the south Sacramento location for four years, and Lan Tran was robbed for the first time in September 2013.
Hoang Tran said Friday was pay day for the business. As the secretary of the security company, Lan Tran kept extra cash at hand in case someone’s paycheck was short hours so she could reconcile the difference immediately. Her brother believes the suspect tried to rob Lan Tran, and doubts she knew the person.
About a dozen of Lan Tran’s family members were together Friday night as they mourned their sister’s, daughter’s, mother’s death.
“She was a loving mother and a great person,” Hoang Tran said.
Police continue to investigate and search for the suspect – officers have very little to go on at this point in the investigation. A suspect was seen running eastbound on Fruitridge Road, officers said. Investigators are going door-to-door to see if any homes or businesses in the area have security cameras that might have caught something.
“She was such a nice lady, and I hope whoever did this gets caught,” a co-worker said.

Colorado man pleads guilty in murder of Denver security officerbb


Timothy Minnick  the brother of a 48-year-old guard who was shot and killed late Friday night, shares some family photos of his youngest brother, Timothy

Denver CO June 29 2014 Gerald Gurule pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to reckless manslaughter in the 2008 murder of a security guard at the Grizzly Rose.
It came as part of a plea deal that likely helped him avoid a longer sentence like the one his accomplice already received. Gurule, 32, was facing first-degree murder and felony menacing charges and was scheduled to go to trial in August.
Gurule pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter and attempted first-degree assault, and prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of 20 to 32 years. His sentencing hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19.
Jennifer Lynne Lewis, 34 — who prosecutors described as Gurule’s girlfriend — was sentenced earlier this year to life in prison after she was convicted of multiple charges, including first-degree murder, attempted trespassing and three counts of attempted murder for the same case.
At her trial, prosecutors described Lewis as the getaway driver the night of the murder and Gurule as the shooter.
The fatal shooting happened Dec. 12, 2008, when Timothy Minnick, a former Brighton police officer who was working as a security guard at the Grizzly Rose, confronted masked thieves in the parking lot of the nightclub.
A police officer who was off-duty at the club and another security guard went with Minnick to confront the alleged thieves. The confrontation became physical when one of the security guards grabbed the arm of one of the thieves. One of the thieves grabbed a gun and started shooting before they ran away.
Minnick was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. No one else was injured.
The case had gone cold but was reopened and in 2013, and a grand jury indicted three people who were arrested and charged.
Another man, Stanley Joe Gurule, was initially charged with two counts of being an accessory, but his charges were dismissed in October. Frankie Diaz, who has not been indicted, was also linked by DNA to a jacket left at the scene.
Denver Post



SACRAMENTO CA June 28 2014 Police are investigating a homicide along the 5600 block of 28th Street Friday morning. The address is listed as the location of Golden Dragon Patrol.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, officers were called out to the scene just before 9:30 a.m. for a report of a female with injuries.
Doug Morse, spokesperson for Sacramento Police, later told CBS13 that the woman was killed inside of a private security company’s office.A person of interest was seen in the area, police say.
Police investigators scoured the area to see if there were any more witnesses or if something was caught on surveillance footage.
A resident nearby told News10 the business was a private security company, while a witness said there was a gunshot.
Police have not released the victim’s name or the position that they held with the business.
Details are still sketchy at this time.
Police have classified the incident as a homicide investigation.Anyone with more information on the case is asked to call the Sacramento Police Department