Charlotte NC Nov 30 2016
By: Rick McCann
Private Officer International
The Thanksgiving week-end officially not only kicks off the annual Christmas holiday shopping season but also the time of year that is the most deadliest for private security officers.
This Thanksgiving-Black Friday shopping week-end was no different and indeed was one of the most violent ones that we’ve recorded in the past thirteen years.
At least three security officers were killed, numerous others injured and more than 35 incidents involving firearms were recorded.
Security officers in New York, Virginia and Illinois were all shot to death over the week-end.
All three suspects are still at large and have not been captured.
A railroad security officer outside of Chicago was shot and killed by a carjacker running from police. When the suspect spotted the uniformed security officer-he opened fire killing the security officer and then fled.
A New York security officer trying to resolve a confrontation at a nightclub was shot to death.
Police have no leads and are still investigating.
Another incident involving a confrontation at a restaurant-bar also left a Virginia security officer dead.
Police in York County have identified the suspect in this murder but he is still at large.
Security officers in Michigan, Texas, Indiana, California, Florida and Tennessee were all involved in the use of deadly force where the security officers were forced to shoot because of threats.
Other incidents included:
Officers responded to the Brenden Theatres at 1985 Willow Pass Road in Concord Ca. about 6:50 p.m. on reports of gunshots and one person shot, police said. One person was arrested.
Concord police later discovered the shooter was a security guard, and the incident began with a disturbance inside the theater building. They said a man threatened the security guard, saying he had a gun and would shoot him.
The suspect who was shot was transported to a hospital. Police said his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. No gun was found on the suspect.
Police responded to a Walmart in Olathe KS. After a man threatened loss prevention.
The suspect was shot and killed by Olathe Police following a scuffle on Sunday night.
Police were initially called to the store in the 300 block of North K7 Highway at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday a report of an armed person.
When officers arrived they said the suspect refused to put down a blunt object.
A scuffle ensued and one of the officers was stuck by the suspect.
Police said officers opened fire. The suspect was shot and killed at the scene.
A Houston security officer patrolling an apartment complex spotted a man carrying a firearm and when he confronted him the man turned and pointed the gun at him. The security officer shot him and the man is in critical condition.
Security officers in south Florida and Indianapolis both shot a man during physical altercations. In the Indianapolis incident police are investigating the security officer’s use of force because the man involved in the fight was running away at the time of the shooting.
A Los Angeles security officer was shot during the robbery of a marijuana dispensary in South Los Angeles, police said.
The shooting was reported around 8 p.m on Imperial Highway and South Broadway, said Sgt. F. Macias of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Southeast Division.
At least two armed robbers were involved but there may have been more, Macias said.
The security officer was shot multiple times and was taken to a hospital, Macias said.
Police in Seattle report that a security officer patrolling an office building was attacked by a man armed with a knife. The female security officer tried to run but the suspect caught her and put the knife to her throat. She bit and kicked the suspect and he fled.
Also in King County Washington, a Safeway security agent was stabbed while trying to detain a shoplifter.
Another loss prevention agent in Massachusetts was also stabbed during a shoplifting incident. Boston police report that an arrest was made.
An attempted armored car robbery in Louisville KY ended in a struggle between a security officer and the robber. Police arrested Roysten Beaudoin, 35, on Friday at the Rite Aid Pharmacy, located at 4000 Taylorsville Road, near Hikes Lane and Browns Lane after he approached an armored car and tried to rob it.
Waco Police are looking for suspects involved in the assault of an off-duty deputy who was working security at Junction 84 night club.
Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said it happened around 1:45 a.m. early Saturday morning.
An off-duty Limestone County Deputy was working security for the club when he tried to break up a fight, Swanton said.
As the deputy was taking the suspect into custody, two other men attacked the deputy from behind causing him to fall down a set of stairs.
Swanton said the deputy’s wrist and ankle were broken during the assault. He was taken to Baylor Scott & White to be treated.
All three of the suspects fled the scene on foot, and they were not located due the large crowd.
In Tulsa Oklahoma, a mall security officer was critically injured by fleeing shoplifters.
Police say that the three suspects pinned the security officer with their car at Woodland Hills Mall Saturday evening.Tulsa police said that they responded to the mall at around 7 p.m. after three females were shoplifting from the Abercrombie & Fitch store inside the mall.
Mall security witnessed the crime, and security officers followed the girls to their car.
The suspects refused to follow security commands to stop, and got into a car and the driver put the car in reverse and intentionally struck the security officer, pinning him between her car and another car.
The security officer was bent over on the hood of the car when the driver drove off with him still on the hood of her car, and then the driver hit her brakes which flung the security officer from the car.Police and emergency medical services responded to the area and found the security officer with possible life threatening injuries and a broken foot and hand.
Police in Decatur Alabama report that security officers used pepper spray at an event center to break up a large fight and gunfire erupted. At least two people there were shot.
Police made an arrest Sunday.
The Private Officer newsroom also received unconfirmed reports of security officers being shot in Detroit Michigan and Knoxville Tennessee. We are working to confirm these incidents.
Police across the country also reported these violent week-end incidents:
Palmview, TX: 1 Killed in HEB shooting
San Antonio, TX: 1 dead in shooting at Walmart
Coral Springs, FL: Jeweler kills employee, then himself in Coral Square Mall
Olathe, KS: 1 dead in officer involved shooting at Olathe Walmart
Hamilton, NJ: Black Friday kicks off with deadly shooting outside Macy’s
Reno, NV: One killed following a parking space dispute at Walmart
Carmichael, CA: Man with knife dies after stabbing self at convenience store
Memphis, TN: One injured, one charged, after shots were fired outside Wolfchase Galleria
Two injured in Gang related shooting outside Sears Auto Center at Hamilton Place Mall