Family of slain private police officer denied $300,000 in death benefits

NEW YORK Oct 9 2015 — Stanley Cooper had guarded the Las Vegas federal courthouse for nearly two decades when a gunman stormed into the building and fatally shot him. But when his family applied for the benefits the federal government promises to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, they were denied.

Five years later, they are still battling the government for more than $300,000 in death benefits — the amount given to other survivors.

Under federal law, the Department of Justice grants death benefits to “recognize the ultimate sacrifice of law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders killed in the line of duty” (from local law enforcement to federal officers) and to help their families deal with the financial shock of losing a loved one.

As a court security officer, Cooper was a deputized member of the U.S. Marshals Service. He carried a gun and had authority to make arrests. But because he worked for the federal government through a private contractor, the DOJ said that death benefits are off limits to his family.

This technicality means that the roughly 5,000 security officers that the U.S. Marshals hires through private contractors to guard federal courthouses are risking their lives every day with no promise of security for their family if they are tragically killed on the job. So are any other public safety workers who are employed by private contractors — from firefighters to paramedics.

And thanks to the DOJ’s growing backlog of claims, even families of those who worked directly for the government must wait years before they learn whether they will receive benefits. A recent inspector general audit found “significant delays,” reporting that it has taken more than a year — sometimes more than two or three years — for the agency to process at least 25% of death and disability claims. And multiple senators have called on the DOJ to expedite the claims.

A retired Las Vegas police officer, Cooper loved working as a court security officer, says his son Marshall Cooper. Even at the age of 72, he had no plans to slow down. “He said he was just going to work until he couldn’t work anymore,” he said.

When the gunman, Johnny Lee Wicks, opened fire at the courthouse one morning in January 2010, Marshall says his father’s first instinct was to protect those around him — shielding another employee from gunfire even after being shot himself.

He was the only person other than the shooter, who was killed by return fire, to die that day. He left behind five children and seven grandchildren.

“We’ll never know how many people he saved that winter morning, but we’ll never forget the courage he showed that day — and throughout his career,” then-Attorney General Eric Holder said in April 2010 when Cooper was honored with a purple heart.

Cooper’s family says they received around $15,000 from Cooper’s private employer. Government death benefits would be a formal recognition of his sacrifice, the family says. The money would also help them hold on to their father’s beloved horse ranch. Cooper’s father had requested in his will that the ranch stay in the family, but the cost of keeping it has been too much.

Despite his heroism and the kind words, the Department of Justice hasn’t budged on its position. It denied Cooper’s death benefits for the second time in September. A DOJ spokesperson told CNNMoney the agency is simply following the law.

Not all branches of the DOJ agree with its decision. The U.S. Marshals Service has argued that Cooper and other court security officers serve as public safety officers and should be eligible for death benefits.

Lawmakers have taken up the cause as well. Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller are sponsoring legislation that would allow security officers like Cooper to receive the same benefits given to other members of law enforcement.

“Just because CSO Cooper was a contract employee does not change the fact that he paid the ultimate price in order to save the lives of others,” said a spokesperson for Senator Reid. “His family should be compensated.”


Two men indicted in 1999 murder of security officer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Oct 7 2015 Sixteen years after a security officer was shot outside of a now-closed Nashville movie theater; two men have been indicted for his death.

Brandon Brewer, 26, was shot in the head outside of the Regal Courtyard Cinema located on Lebanon Pike on Oct. 3, 1999 after he and the theater’s manager were confronted by two robbers now identified as Keith Henry and Derek Wyche.

Brewer died at the scene.

The theater’s manager, who was carrying three bank bags that the suspects got away with, was shot in the arm and chest.

She survived the shooting and is expected to be a witness against Henry and Wyche.

Both Henry and Wyche have been indicted on first degree murder charges and especially aggravated robbery.

Wyche was taken into custody in Newark, New Jersey, Tuesday. Police said he acknowledged his involvement in the deadly robbery.

Henry is currently serving a life sentence for murder in Georgia.

Both men are expected to be returned to Nashville in the near future.

Wading River High School security officer killed in accident


Suffolk County NY Oct 5 2015 A Sound Beach man and beloved security officer at Shoreham-Wading River High School was killed in a car accident Saturday morning, authorities said.

According to a news release from Suffolk County police, 49-year-old Richard Cambria was driving his 2011 Dodge pickup truck south on Islip Drive when the truck went off the road and hit a telephone pole and a retaining wall about 11:50 a.m.

Sound Beach Fire Department volunteers took Mr. Cambria to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen confirmed that Mr. Cambria had worked at the school, and was also as a driver’s ed teacher. He added the “terrible event” would hit many in the community hard.

Within hours of the police news release, tributes sprung up online to the beloved security guard.

“It’s so sad that he’s gone,” SWR grad Michael McCartney Wind wrote on the SWRWeekly Facebook page. “He was a great security guard. You’ll truly be missed, Rich.”

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Atlanta Security Officer Shot to Death

ATLANTA GA Oct 1 2015 — Atlanta police are on the scene of a fatal shooting at an Tower Place in Buckhead.

Police confirmed that an on duty security officer was shot to death inside the office tower.

The tower is located in the 3000 block of Peachtree Road.

A fellow security guard said that he is not surprised because crime is escalating but that these things do not happen often in this area.

“I’ve been working security 20 years in the streets and stuff happens. I’m not shocked but you wouldn’t expect it to happen in Buckhead,” Ronald Harrison said.

Police say that they are not sure what has led to the homicide and that investigators are processing the scene.

Kansas City security officer shot to death

Kansas City MO Sept 24 2015 Police are investigating the shooting death of a beloved security officer.
To those who knew and worked with Royce Jeffries, he was a gentle giant whose sweet and unassuming nature frequently belied his large physical presence.

As a security guard working at bars and other locations throughout Kansas City, Jeffries, 46, preferred to use his words to defuse a tense situation rather than rely on his brute strength.

Jeffries, a former standout Oklahoma State basketball player, was fatally shot early Sunday after he and another security guard tried to break up a fight at Bob’s N Motion at 57th Street and Troost Avenue. The two guards managed to get those involved in the altercation out of the bar. One man retrieved a gun and fired several shots into the bar, killing Jeffries and injuring his co-worker.

“He was a kind soul,” said William Graves, who owned the private security company that employed Jeffries. “I mean, you can talk to 1,000 people and everybody will say the same thing. He didn’t deserve this.”

No arrests have been made, and police continued their investigation on Wednesday.

Jeffries played four seasons at Oklahoma State from 1986 to 1990, where he ranked third on the school’s all-time list with a 56.9 percent career shooting percentage. He was recruited there by Leonard Hamilton.

“Everybody who knew Royce knows he was one of the nicest, the sweetest young men they would encounter,” said Hamilton, now the head men’s basketball coach at Florida State University. “We are very sad that this young man has lost his life trying to protect someone else, but that is the way I remember Royce. He was always a caring person.”

After leaving college, Jeffries played professionally for the Oklahoma City Cavalry as part of the old Continental Basketball Association. He later played in China and for the Winnipeg Cyclone in Canada.

Jeffries eventually retired, returned to his native Oklahoma and briefly sold cars. He followed a sibling who had relocated to Kansas City and later found work as a security guard. The job suited his personality, friends said.

“Royce comes from a small town and is just as mellow as you could be,” said former AAU and OSU teammate Chuck Davis. “He would prefer to be sitting somewhere fishing, enjoying the outdoors and enjoying life more than worrying about some job title.”

Jeffries was passionate about his friends and family, especially his three daughters and grandchildren.

“He was really just a loving person with a really big heart,” said his daughter, Porschea’ Jeffries. “I don’t ever remember him yelling or getting mad. He always had a huge smile on his face.”

Porschea’ Jeffries recalled that even as an adult she would sit in her father’s lap and share a joke. She said family members have comforted each other while dealing with the loss.

“It’s really shocking, and I don’t think for a lot of family it hasn’t hit them yet, including me, to know that I won’t be able to call him anymore or talk to him,” Porschea’ Jeffries said.

Royce Jeffries loved to barbecue and often competed with his friends and co-workers to see who could prepare the best ribs.

Friends and family held a vigil for him earlier this week.

Security guard dies after shooting at Lebanon bar

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Lebanon PA Sept 20 2015 A security guard for a bar in Lebanon was shot and later died early Saturday morning, according to city police.

The shooting occurred just after 2 a.m. at Vinny’s Good Times Bar along the 700 block of Reinoehl Street, police said.

The victim, identified only as a 31-year-old man from Lebanon, was shot in the abdomen while he was inside of the bar, police said.

The man was transported by EMS to a local hospital where he later died from his wounds.

Police said the suspect, who was a customer at the bar, left the area before officers arrived.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact police 717-272-6611.

Suspect in death of security guard arrested


ARTESIA CA Sept 11 2015 Three years after the death of a 24-year-old security guard, police in Artesia said they have arrested the man who killed him.

Bobby Smith, 20, has not entered a plea in the case where he is facing one open count of murder in the 2012 death of Michael Evans, according to court documents.

Evans was found in his truck Jan. 29 with a gunshot wound to the head near Fourth and Fifth streets in Artesia.

Evans, a security guard, had called police shortly before his death about a suspicious person, and when police arrived to investigate they found Evans dead.

Witnesses at the scene allege that Smith was in the area and near the scene of the shooting at the time of Evans’ death, according to the criminal complaint.

Smith has also been charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle causing great bodily harm, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property.

Smith is scheduled to appear Oct. 14 for a preliminary examination before Magistrate Judge D’Ann Read.


CANTON, OH September 7 2015 Police are reporting that a security officer at a Canton nightclub was shot and killed early Sunday morning.
Police were called out to The Movement Bar on Cherry Avenue shortly after 1 a.m.
When they arrived, they discovered the club’s security guard, Derico Thomas, 27,  of Akron, had been shot in the head. Thomas died at the scene.
Detectives later found out that there had been another gunshot victim from the club.
Christopher Trammel, 20, also from Akron, went on his own to the hospital and was treated and released.
Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact the Canton Police Detective Bureau at 330-489-3144. Anonymous tips can also be sent through Tip411.

Driver arrested in crash that killed Knox school security officer

KNOXVILLE TN Aug 29 2015— The driver involved in the Aug. 7 head-on crash that killed a Knox County Schools security officer on Oak Ridge Highway has been released from the hospital and charged with vehicular homicide, according to Knox County Sheriff’s Office records.

David Eugene Baird, 31, of Knoxville was discharged Friday from the University of Tennessee Medical Center into custody, according to hospital spokeswoman Susan Wyatt.

Baird was driving eastbound on Oak Ridge Highway near West Emory Road about 10:45 p.m. Aug. 7 when his 2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2011 Chevrolet sedan head-on, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Michael Keith Dunaway, 29, a passenger in the Chevrolet, was killed. He was a security officer at Northshore Elementary School.

His wife, Lori Dunaway, 27, who was driving the car, and 3-year-old daughter, Taylor Dunaway, were injured and taken to the hospital.

Baird was charged with vehicular homicide and is jailed with a bond set at $15,000.


JACKSON, Miss. Aug 29 2015 A University of Mississippi Medical Center security officer was killed after she was hit by a car Friday morning, Jackson police said.
The crash happened after 5:30 a.m. Friday outside the VA Hospital on Woodrow Wilson Avenue, police said.
The driver sped off after Mattie Amos, 58, was struck, police said. She was then hit by a second vehicle, whose driver stopped, Officer Colendula Green said.
Amos was crossing the street on her way to work when she was hit, UMMC officials said. She had worked for UMMC for nearly a year.
Police are searching for a maroon or red truck or SUV with a missing grill and side mirror, Officer Colendula Green said. Investigators are using video from surveillance cameras in the area to hopefully find out more, she said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS.

Crowd Gathers To Mourn Security Officer Shot Dead At Varick Street Federal Building

Security officer Idrissa Camara was shot and killed at the federal office building on Varick Street on Friday, Aug. 21. (Credit: CBS2)

NEW YORK CITY NY Aug 28 2015 More than 200 people gathered Thursday to honor a security guard who was gunned down at a federal office building in the Hudson Square area by a former government employee who later killed himself.

The Federal Protective Service held a memorial Thursday night in Manhattan to remember Idrissa Camara, 53.

The officer was working for FJC Security Services at a federal office building at 201 Varick St. this past Friday.

“The world lost an incredible human being when Idrissa Camara tragically died in the line of duty,” Joshua Primrose, a vice president with FJC Security Services said at the service. “His courageous actions saved others and we will never forget.”

Police have said the gunman, Kevin Downing, 68, entered the building around 5 p.m. that day with guns hidden in a bag.

Downing pulled out a gun and shot Camara in the head as he approached the metal detector at the security screening area, authorities said. They said Downing then walked through the metal detectors toward the elevator and shot himself in the head.

Camara was rushed to Lenox Hill HealthPlex, where he was pronounced dead at 5:55 p.m., police said.

Detectives said Downing, a former economist, was fired from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics several years ago. The BLS has an office on the eighth floor of the building on Varick Street.

Lawsuits and other documents show Downing thought he was fired as retaliation for blowing the whistle on alleged corruption and public waste, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported.

Camara’s shift had ended at 4 p.m. but he had agreed to stay longer.

“His co-workers and his community, which he loved and respected, will remember him as the sort of man who would give them the shirt off his back if he was asked,” Primrose said.

Carolyn Harley, who worked at the Varick Street building with Camara for three years, said the mood remains somber among fellow security guards.

“The guards are very, very hurt,” she said as mourners wept beside her. “We’re all hurting, but nevertheless we made an oath to do our job and even in mourning we’re going to do it to the best of our ability.”

On Thursday night, Camara was posthumously awarded the director’s citation from the Federal Protective Service.

Camara is survived by a wife and three young children.

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NYC court security officer shot to death

New York City NY Aug 22 2015

A court security officer was shot and killed this afternoon at a federal courthouse in New York City.
The courthouse officer was working a screening area when the shooting occurred.
Authorities say that an Immigration court was located within this building.
New York police are stating that the security officer was a contracted officer and was shot in the chest and have identified the security officer as 53-year-old Idrissa Camara.
Police said numerous shots were fired inside the building at 201 Varick Street around 4:45 p.m., the sources said.
The suspect, who was identified as 68-year-old Kevin Downing of Fort Lee, N.J., walked up to the guard, who told him to “wait a moment,” according to law enforcement sources.
Surveillance video shows the gunman pulling out his gun and shooting Camara once in the head before killing himself, the sources said.
The shooter then went toward the elevator bank and encountered another employee. At that point, he shot himself, police officials said.

The security guard was rushed to Lenox Hill HealthPlex, where he was pronounced dead. The gunman was dead at the scene.
One witness saw the deranged man running diagonally across Hudson and King Streets.
“He was holding a gun and waving it around in front of him as cops were chasing him,” said Staten Island resident Michelle M., 33. “When I saw him I just started running as fast as I could and didn’t look back. This has to be the most surreal thing that has ever happened to me and I’ve been living in New York all my life.”

Family sues security company in death of security guard

Marina del Rey CA Aug 22 2015

The widow of a security guard shot to death at a Marina del Rey apartment complex in 2013 — allegedly by a subordinate — is suing the company where both men worked.

Hazel Yvonne Woods, who was married to the slain Patrick Addo Odoi-Kyene, filed the lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Ultimate Security Services as well as Shores Apartments and Byron Street, accused of being the shooter.

The suit alleges wrongful death, assault and battery and negligence. Woods seeks unspecified damages.

A representative for Ultimate Security Services could not be immediately reached.

Street worked as a security guard at the upscale apartment complex, but was suspended by Odoi-Kyene, 47, for bringing his girlfriend to work, according to authorities. Street allegedly shot Odoi-Kyene to death at the apartment complex on Dec. 30, 2013.

According to the lawsuit, Street was a convicted felon and ex-convict who used the alias of Curtis Boyd to get his job with the firm. The suit alleges that the security company failed to conduct a proper background check of Street, including a computerized fingerprint scan, before hiring him.

The complaint also alleges Shores Apartments was negligent in hiring Ultimate Security Services instead of a reputable agency to provide guards for the building.

Street, 48, was charged in January 2014 with one count of murder with a special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during a burglary. Street is due in court Tuesday for a hearing in his criminal case.

Las Vegas security officer stabbed multiple times

Las Vegas NV Aug 9 2015 Police say that a security officer has been hospitalized after being stabbed/
The security guard was in stable condition Saturday afternoon after officers say he was stabbed multiple times in the eastern valley.

Metro police say that about noon, the security guard at a shopping center at 4750 E. Flamingo Road got into an argument with another person, who stabbed the guard multiple times, Lt. Jeff Goodwin said.

The security guard has been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover. The alleged assailant was arrested, Goodwin said but police have not released the name of the offender or the security officer.

Omaha Public Schools security officer killed in motorcycle crash

Omaha NE Aug 2 2015 Community support and good memories are providing some comfort to the family of a longtime Omaha Public Schools employee who died of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident Friday night.

Police say 44-year-old Troy Travis was riding a motorcycle southbound on 24th Street when he hit a northbound car turning west onto Seward Street just after 11 p.m. He was taken to CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center where he died. The driver of the car, 28-year-old Amanda Sulley of Omaha, was taken to CUMC for minor injuries to her arms and abdomen.

“He will be sorely missed. He will be sorely missed by everybody.”

Alonzo and Estella Guliford find comfort with the memory of how their son lived his life. “He loved people, he’d help anybody,” said mom Estella. “Give them the shirt off his back.”

Travis was a security guard for 12 years at his alma mater, Benson High School. His family tells WOWT 6 News he did much more than protect students. He’d give kids rides if they were stranded after a game and even bought supplies for those he saw needing help.

“He wanted the kids to see that, you know, you should always care about where you come from, your community,” said his sister, Sherri Sullivan.

Standing over six-foot tall, he also commanded respect. A former quarterback for the Omaha Beef and a Benson football coach, his family said even the toughest teens looked up to him. “He worked a lot with the gang members and stuff like that because he figured everybody’s worth putting in the time,” said Estella.

He loved to ride his motorcycle with his club, the Zac Riders. He was coming from their clubhouse when police say he struck a car. One of Travis’ fellow riders told his mother the awful news. “She says, you better sit down and I says, don’t play, what’s wrong? It’s Troy.”

“Disbelief and just couldn’t believe that such a giving, kind person, that it was his time,” added Sullivan.

Police say speed is being investigated and his mother said she warned him about riding too fast in light of recent motorcycle deaths. Despite their grief, the family said they’re proud of the simple legacy Travis left in his short time. “Do the right thing,” said Estella.

Travis is survived by his 6-year-old daughter and fiancée and his brothers and sisters. The family would like his service to be public so all who loved him could attend. No word yet on when that will happen.


Mount Vernon NY man pleads guilty in murder of security officer

Mount Vernon Man, 33, Pleads Guilty to Murder of Security Guard

Mount Vernon NY July 23 2015 Mount Vernon resident Dontan Jenkins, 33, pleaded to Second Degree Murder and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in connection with the July 2014 killing of security guard Richard Brown, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced.

Jenkins, who was also a security guard at the Levister Towers Apartment complex in Mount Vernon, shot and killed Brown after the pair had two altercations on the job.

According to DiFiore, Jenkins was a licensed, unarmed security guard supervisor, and Brown had only been employed as a security guard at the building for 10 days at the time of the incident.

In the early morning hours of July 21, 2014, after the two men had argued, Jenkins “returned to the apartment complex, approached [Brown] who was manning the security guard booth and fired 3 shots through the front plexi-glass window striking and killing [him].”

Mount Vernon Police responded to the scene and arrested Jenkins a short time later.

Jenkins has been remanded to the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla and is scheduled to be sentenced in October. He faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Perry Perrone, Chief of the Homicide Bureau is prosecuting the case.

Hospital security officer beaten-carjacked-dies


LOS ANGELES CA July 22 2015 A 57-year-old man has died after police say he was attacked during a carjacking over the weekend.

Dario Rosas was carjacked and beaten to death outside his San Fernando home late Saturday night.

“I don’t understand why this happened and I don’t know why. They didn’t have to beat him like they did. They didn’t,” said Virginia Kelly, the victim’s sister.

Kelly described Rosas as a good man who kept to himself and worked hard as a security guard at a nearby hospital. He also took care of his mother, who is disabled.

Detectives say Rosas was coming home from work as a security guard around 11:30 p.m. July 18.

When he exited his car to open his front gate, he was attacked.

Police say the suspect then took off in Rosas’ car.

Rosas was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

“I’m just hoping that after the first few blows that he was unconscious and didn’t know what else had hit him,” Kelly said.

Detectives say the victim’s car was later found in Panorama City and has been impounded by authorities for evidence, checking for fingerprints.

Family members say they think this was a random attack and said Rosas didn’t have any enemies.

Police said it’s not known whether the victim and suspect were acquainted.

“You didn’t have to kill him,” said Kelly in a message to her brother’s attackers. “You knew what you were doing. You knew you wanted him dead because of the way he was beaten.”

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with more information about this case was asked to contact Detective Gene Parshall of the Mission Homicide Unit at (818) 838-9954.

2 Security Officers Die in Shootings

LOS ANGELES CA A 57-year-old security officer has died after police say he was attacked during a carjacking over the weekend.
Dario Rosas, a hospital security officer was carjacked and beaten to death outside his San Fernando home late Saturday night as he was returning from work.
“I don’t understand why this happened and I don’t know why. They didn’t have to beat him like they did. They didn’t,” said Virginia Kelly, the victim’s sister.
Kelly described Rosas as a good man who kept to himself and worked hard as a security guard and took care of his mother, who is disabled.
Detectives say Rosas was coming home from work as a security guard around 11:30 p.m. July 18. They believe that he may have been targeted and followed from work.
When he exited his car to open his front gate, he was attacked.
Police say the suspect then took off in Rosas’ car.
Rosas was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
“I’m just hoping that after the first few blows that he was unconscious and didn’t know what else had hit him,” Kelly said.

Miami Gardens FL An argument outside a Miami Gardens strip club led to a shooting that left a security guard dead and two people injured early Tuesday, Miami Gardens Police confirm.
The shooting occurred just outside the Mint Lounge located at 2510 Northwest 187th Street in Miami Gardens around 4 a.m. The club is in close proximity to City Hall and to the future Miami Gardens Police headquarters which is still under construction.
One of the three shooting victims, a security guard died at the scene. The conditions of the other two shooting victims were not immediately known.
Police closed off Northwest 187th Street at Northwest 27th Avenue for several hours due to the investigation.
The gunman remains at large.
These are the seventh and eighth security officer killed this week in at least 53 armed confrontations involving private security.

Suspect in security guard’s death was out on bond for murder


HOUSTON TX July 19 2015– Houston police have arrested a suspect in Wednesday’s fatal shooting of a security guard.

Jeremy Wayne Miller is charged with murder in the death of 55-year-old security guard Daniel Arp.

Arp was gunned down while working security at the St. Joseph Condominiums in the 8200 block of Park Place Boulevard. Surveillance video showed the victim talking with a man before he was shot. That video helped lead to Miller.

When officers arrested Miller Thursday night, they say he tried to grab one cop’s gun and escape, but they stopped him.

Miller was out on bond for a 2014 murder and was wearing a court-mandated ankle monitor when Arp was shot.
Investigators say he shot and killed Tremayne Richardson last July.
Miller was released in that case after posting bond.


Houston police charge man in 2009 killing of Club Security Guard


Houston TX July 19 2015 A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal 2009 shooting of of a security guard at the former Club Tranz in northwest Harris County, detectives announced.

Shedrick Rhine was identified as a possible suspect in the death of James Thomas when cold-case investigators took another look at the case in 2012.

New information obtained by investigators was enough to charge Rhine with murder.  Investigators obtained surveillance video and vehicle information.

Sheriff’s deputies said Rhine got into a fight inside the former Club Tranz on West Richey Road in 2009.

Thomas, 26, was working the front entrance of the nightclub along with two other security guards.

Authorities said Rhine got mad after being kicked out, went to his vehicle and got a handgun, which he fired into the crowd.

Thomas was hit, along with Justin Jones and Thurston Kessee.

Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.  Rhine fled on foot.

Rhine was charged with murder and is being held at the Harris County Jail without bail.