San Antonio police reopens 1994 cold case of slain security guard #PrivateOfficerNews

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SAN ANTONIO TX Jan 22 2017 – It has been 23 years since burglars shot and killed James Fogle, an on-duty security guard at a South Side Walmart. The people responsible have never been caught.

San Antonio police have reopened the case in hopes of finding Fogle’s killer.

The first steps to warming up a cold case: taking a fresh look at old evidence.

The evening of Jan. 20, 1994, started like any other for Fogle.

The 30-year-old was sitting in his car outside the store in the 900 block of South East Military Drive, writing his nightly activity log. The last entry was around 1 a.m.

Police believe that things took a dramatic turn.

“There was an alarm going off, so we believe that caught his attention,” said SAPD Detective Michael DeLeon. “He exited his car to go investigate what was happening at the front of the store. As he was walking away from his vehicle, this is when he was, we believe, confronted by these would-be burglars. Mr. Fogle made a run for the front door and was shot in the back multiple times, killing him instantly.”

Police know of only one witness: a security guard who was working at the Taco Cabana across the street. He heard the shots and called police.

‘We don’t have anything on video to help us’

While many Walmart’s are now open 24 hours, that wasn’t the case in 1994. The store closed overnight, allowing employees to restock shelves and clean up.

Unlike most businesses today, stores didn’t have surveillance cameras near doors or posted in parking lots.

“We obviously don’t have anything on video to help us. All we can depend on is what employees are telling us happened that night,” DeLeon said.

A trip back to the scene is another challenge. The Walmart has been replaced by several other businesses.

“The building is still there. It’s not a Walmart, but the layout is still the same,” DeLeon said.

Of the many things that homicide detectives learn on the job, DeLeon said one thing is not to believe in coincidence.

“We don’t think the alarm going off and Mr. Fogle getting shot at the same time was a coincidence,” DeLeon said.

He believes there was plenty of planning behind the break-in.

“We think there may have been other people involved that were on the inside that may have assisted the people on the outside,” DeLeon said.

That includes the possibility that more than just the one or two people who shot Fogle were involved with the crime — a secret that they’ve kept for more than two decades.

“If there’s multiple people involved, a lot of times they’re very tight-lipped and they won’t share it with anyone,” DeLeon said.

Aside from the security guard who called for help, police spoke to store employees in 1994. Some of them were in a break room inside the Walmart when Fogle was murdered.

“There are other people who were working that night who were not interviewed, so we are the point now where we can go back and look at the employees, look at the timesheets that we have and bring in some of those employees that were there that night that were not interviewed and see if they can shed some new light on this,’ DeLeon said.

Police received tips right after the crime, but none have led to any arrests.

Fogle was single, but DeLeon said he came from a loving family who cared about him.

“His mom was very, very interested in the case,” DeLeon said. “Detective Evans — who was the original handling detective — came close to the Fogle family and kept them up to date as the case progressed.”

But as each anniversary of the crime is marked without an arrest, DeLeon said he hopes to give the family a little bit of peace.

“I think after 22 years, somebody’s conscience may be weighing heavy on them where they may feel that they can call in and not necessarily leave a name, but give us some new information on the case,” DeLeon said.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP.


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Shawnee casino security guard shooter dies #PrivateOfficerNews

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SHAWNEE OK Jan 17 2017 — A casino security guard who shot and killed a fellow security officer and then turned the gun on himself has died.

Authorities said Justin Wells, 28, went into the resort at 777 Grand Casino Blvd. just before 7 a.m. Jan. 10 and shot and killed Matt Palmer, 22, before shooting himself. Wells was hospitalized and died Wednesday, according to an online obituary.

Wells had not been arrested, said Terry Weber, spokesman for the FBI, which is handling the case because the casino is on Indian trust land.

Jennifer Bell, spokeswoman for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, which owns and operates the large resort, confirmed that Palmer and Wells were security guards at the casino.

Palmer was hired in August, according to the tribe, and Wells had been employed since 2012.

Palmer, a resident of Macomb, graduated from Asher High School in 2012, where he was an all-state basketball player, according to an online obituary.

Bell said security officers at the casino do not carry guns. She declined to comment on any details of the shooting, including how Wells was able to carry a weapon into the building, which prohibits firearms.

The shooting took place on the second floor in the administrative offices, Bell said.


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Casino Security Officer Kills Co-Worker-Attempts Suicide #PrivateOfficerNews

SHAWNEE, Okla. Jan 12 2017

Authorities have released the names of two security officers who were shot Tuesday morning at the Grand Casino in Shawnee.

Authorities first responded around 7 a.m. to a report of an “officer down” at the casino. When they arrived, they learned that two casino employees had been shot, according to the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s office.

The shooting was reportedly between the two employees in the casino’s administrative area. The two people have been identified as Justin Wells, 28, and Matt Palmer, 22. They are security guards at the casino.

Police believe Wells shot Palmer before turning the gun on himself. Palmer was killed, according to Citizen Potawatomi Nation Police Chief James C. Collard, Phd. Wells was taken to an area hospital in an critical condition.

The incident is not an active-shooter scene, and no other employees or casino patrons are or were at risk, Collard said.

Collard said that this is an ongoing investigation.

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Man acquitted of murder of South Miami-Dade security guard #PrivateOfficerNews

Nathaniel Payne-Collins, 22, left, was acquitted at trial on allegations he murdered security guard Robert Nelson in South Miami-Dade in August 2013. At right is his defense attorney, Ayuban Tomas.

Miami FL Jan 11 2017 A Miami man is not guilty of murdering a security guard but did steal the slain man’s pistol, a jury decided on Monday.

Jurors acquitted Nathaniel Payne-Collins, 22, in the killing of security guard Robert Nelson, who was shot to death ambush-style while patrolling a South Miami-Dade apartment complex in August 2013. He was convicted of grand theft for stealing Nelson’s weapon.

The 12-person jury rejected testimony from a co-defendant who testified that Payne-Collins was one of the triggermen. Miami-Dade prosecutors said Payne-Collins also confessed to another pal the day after the shooting.

The split verdict — jurors clearly believed Payne-Collins was at the crime scene — shocked Nelson’s relatives and investigators on the case.

“I am so angry and so disappointed,” Miami-Dade homicide Detective Rich Raphael said. “My heart aches for the victim’s family.”

Nelson, a former flight attendant, was a uniformed 50 State security guard who was patrolling the Hidden Grove apartment complex in his company car. The gunmen opened fire, causing him to crash into a nearby daycare — then, the attackers pulled him out of the car and stole his belongings and gun.

As he awaits sentencing for the gun theft, Payne-Collins won’t be getting out jail because he is facing a robbery charge in an unrelated case.

Two other men are awaiting trial, including another alleged gunman, Quentin Vicks, 21. Defendant Gregory Lewis has already pleaded guilty, and is serving a 10-year sentence.

CT school security officer dies suddenly at work #PrivateOfficerNews


A beloved Connecticut high school security officer died suddenly today after reporting to work at the Manchester high School where he has worked for eighteen years.

Barry “Mitch” Mitchell died of an apparent heart attack according shortly after arriving at school according to officials.

Students, some viably upset, were allowed to leave school early.

Mitchell, well known and well liked, knew generations of students and parents and was always willing to listen or lend a hand in any situation.

“Over his career,” School Superintendent Matt Geary said, “he interacted with literally thousands of students and often had to tell them things that they didn’t want to hear – to get back in line in the cafeteria, or to hurry to class, or to show him a hall pass.

“That sort of role doesn’t always make you popular, but students universally liked and respected Mitch because he treated everyone with patience and dignity.”

Mitchell, 53, arrived at the school at about 6:45 a.m. and collapsed outside, said police Sgt. James Bairos, supervisor of school resource officers. Paramedics took him to Manchester Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Mitchell was the father of two young children who attended local schools, district communications director Jim Farrell said.

Mayor Jay Moran said he and his three children, who all graduated from Manchester High School, knew Mitchell well.

“He was more than a security guard,” Moran said. “He was a cheerleader. He was a surrogate parent. He was a disciplinarian when he needed to be.”

Police Officer Bernie Hallums said Mitchell was a big, powerfully built man, a “larger than life guy with a heart of gold.”

Geary described Mitchell as “an overall great guy who would do anything for anyone at any time.

“We are grateful for all Mitch did to impact the lives of so many students and staff,” the superintendent said, “and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

Many security officer murders go unsolved #PrivateOfficerNews

Charlotte NC Jan 1 2017
Rick McCann

CEO Private Officer International

As reported on December 21, 2016, traumatic deaths of security officers are on a steady rise and after in-depth research, Private Officer International determined that 84.7 percent were from traumatic injuries, namely gunshot wounds, stabbings and blunt force object assaults.

This, in itself is quite the opposite of the 140 plus law enforcement deaths which occur each year.

According to which recently did a ten year study of their own, they found that police officers died 31 % of the time from gunfire, 6.8 % of the time from vehicle assaults, 23 % of the time from vehicle accidents, and the remainder of deaths occurred during illness, training accidents and assaults.

Our research was also able to determine that the majority of private officers killed on the job die alone without back-up and are not found immediately. In fact, the majority were only found after another employee, be it a fellow security officer or an employee from the business, came into work.

This week, our team looked at the number of security officer homicides that have occurred during the past twenty four months and checked the ratio of murders that were Solved VS. Open cases.

As it stands right now, 74 security officer murders remain open while police have closed less than fifty percent of the homicides during the past two years.

There are many factors and reasons why the numbers of cases are low but none of them include the lack of efforts by law enforcement or the fact that the victim worked as a security officer. Homicide cases are worked relentlessly and equally regardless of any other factor.

Security officer deaths can be hard to solve because of the location of the business and the fact that it may have been closed, the time of day when the murder occurred, which can lead to fewer people in the area. Other reasons also include secluded worksites and a lack of surveillance cameras on the property or nearby. All of which leads to sparse evidence, few to no witnesses, little details to the facts or sequences of the incident and in many cases, a cold trail where the crime has occurred many hours before it was reported.

Private security agencies should consider known threats and dangers, location of the assignment including the hours, seclusion of the property and the lack of direct communication with back up personnel when assigning staff.

Additionally, body worn cameras for security personnel in the United Kingdom and other countries are becoming increasingly popular to document both the actions of the security officer as well as threats and actions of others.

They also document patrol activity and can be used for liability and insurance purposes.

Providing rewards and working with area crime stoppers are some of the other ways that we can assist local law enforcement in the capture of the homicide suspect.

Additionally, local security employers and users should come together to assist and support law enforcement, prosecution and the legal process from the time of the homicide until the time of conviction.

Private Officer International does offer reward money for information in security officer deaths and we have worked directly with law enforcement and the court system in the arrest and prosecution of suspects but we need everyone to be invested in seeking justice for those who kill our friends, co-workers and colleagues.

Slain Security Officer’s 5-Year-Old Son Sworn In As Honorary Harvey Cop #PrivateOfficerNews

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CHICAGO IL Dec 29 2016  A month after his father was shot and killed while working as a security guard at a south suburban railyard, 5-year-old Tyrone Hardin Jr. joined Harvey police as an honorary officer.

Tyrone was sworn in as an honorary officer at the Harvey police station on Wednesday.

“Officer Hardin will be placed in the patrol division, and go on active duty,” Harvey Police Chief Denard Eaves said.

Tyrone was a little at a loss for words when they pulled a chair up to the podium so he could see over it, but his mother, Gwinette, said that wasn’t the case Tuesday night after finding out he was being made an officer.

“He’s been telling his siblings that if they do anything to him, he will lock them up,” she said.

Gwinette said Tyrone was so excited he couldn’t sleep Tuesday night.

“He’s already expressed that he can’t be put on punishment when he’s on duty,” she said.

Eaves said police planned to have Tyrone help them with a traffic stop while on patrol.

“There’s one area in particular where, hopefully, we can get somebody speeding,” he said.

Tyrone’s father, a security guard who worked at the Canadian National Railroad yard in Harvey, was shot and killed last month while on the job.

“We are missing a vital person, but everybody kind of helped ease it a little bit,” Gwinette said.

Tyrone Hardin Sr., 38, was working security at the railyard on Nov. 26, when a man who had allegedly stolen a woman’s car crashed near 159th and Park in Harvey and ran into the railyard to get away. The suspect allegedly shot Hardin in the abdomen before stealing Hardin’s truck.

The suspect, 24-year-old Rashad Williams, was arrested on Dec. 4, three days after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Williams is being held without bail at Cook County Jail, charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, and vehicular hijacking.

POI Member, FL Security Officer Dies of Heart Attack at Work #PrivateOfficerNews

St. Petersburg FL  Dec 21 2016 We sadly report today that one of our association members and award recipients has passed away while on the job.

Major Torrence Benjamin with South Florida Impact Investigations died of a heart attack Monday afternoon while working Security at John Hopkins All Childrens Hospital in St Petersburg Florida. He was 28 years old.

Major Benjamin along with the owner of South Florida Impact Investigations, Greg Jarmon had been recognized last year for bravery after they were involved in fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect.

Jarmon stated that Benjamin suddenly had a heart attack while on duty and passed away.

He was a dedicated professional who put his life on the line numerous times while protecting others and he will be missed by many.

Hinesville Georgia nightclub security officer gunned down #PrivateOfficerNews

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HINESVILLE, GA Dec 12 2016

Police in Hinesville have charged a man with murder and aggravated murder following Saturday’s fatal shooting outside Cream Sports Bar on West Oglethorpe Highway.

Police say Marcus Gunn shot and killed a security guard working at an area nightclub.
Eric Turner was working as a bouncer at the time of the incident.

Hinesville Police Detective, Joshua Heath said in an interview Saturday morning that patrons were leaving Cream Sports Bar located on the 700 block of West Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville shortly after 2:30 am.

The club’s security was in the process of clearing the parking lots when several of them came upon two groups of men engaged in an verbal argument in the parking lot.

The club’s security staff attempted to break up the argument, three men sitting inside a vehicle began to give the bouncers a hard time.

One of the passengers pulled out a handgun, which was quickly knocked out of his hands by one of the security guards but another passenger immediately pulled out a handgun and allegedly fired three shots at Eric Turner.

According to Heath, one round hit his face whileanother round went through a window of room 147 on the first floor of the Ecolodge hotel located near the parking lot where the altercation took place. The bullet was later found in the headboard of the bed where a man was sleeping. He was later moved to another room. The third round was never located.

The suspect, Marcus Gunn, was later arrested following a traffic stop on Harrison Drive. Officers recovered a weapon during that traffic stop.

“At this point the other two individuals that were in the vehicle have been questioned, however there are no charges against them at this time, however, the investigation continues against all three,” said Heath.

Violent Week-End For Private Security #PrivateOfficerNews

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

Chicago Railroad Security Officer Gunned Down #PrivateOfficerNews


CHICAGO IL NOV 27 2016 A manhunt was underway late Saturday in suburban Harvey after a security officer at the Canadian National Railway was fatally shot, officials said.

Sean Howard, spokesman for Harvey, said the incident began about 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a call to police from a woman who reported her vehicle was stolen in Harvey. Driving a neighbor’s car, the woman was following the man who had taken her car.

Howard said the woman did not know the man who took her car, and it appears to be a random incident.

As police, with their emergency lights on, began following the stolen car, the driver crashed in the area of 159th Street and Park Avenue in Harvey.

At that point, the man got out of the stolen car and began running on top of a viaduct, which leads to an area belonging to the Canadian National Railway.

The man came into contact with a security officer and shot him several times in the abdomen, Howard said. The security guard was taken to Advocate South Suburban Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Patrick Waldron, spokesman for the Canadian National Railway, said the officer worked at the facility as a third-party contract security officer and was not directly employed by the railway.

After allegedly shooting the security officer, the man got on a railroad vehicle that was attached to tracks and headed south, Howard said. Around 171st Street, he got out of that vehicle and continued to run away from officials.

As of 10 p.m., Howard said the man was still on the run. He was described as a black man, medium build who was wearing blue jeans and a black sweatshirt.

Multiple police agencies are also searching nearby communities such as Markham and East Hazel Crest.

Howard said officers do not believe anyone else is working with the man wanted by police. The wanted man is considered to be armed and dangerous.

NOTE: This is the third security officer killed this week-end thus far.

Vigil honors security officer killed outside York County restaurant #PrivateOfficerNews

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YORK COUNTY, Va. Nov 27 2016 Strangers joined family and close friends of a beloved bouncer Friday night to honor the 42-year-old man killed early Thanksgiving morning.

Deputies say Richard “Bird” Irvin was shot and killed by Coleston Ryan Lewis, a man he was trying to escort away from a tent event at the County Grill on Route 17.

Lewis, 26, is wanted on charges of murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The candlelit vigil was held Friday in the parking lot where Irvin lost his life.

“There’s no reason this had to happen,” said Bear, a close friend. “He’s the kind of guy you could be stuck in a ditch at 3 a.m. and he would be there.”

Investigators say Irvin worked as a security guard for a private company the County Grill hired for a Thanksgiving Eve party.

Theo Packer says he trained Irvin on security tactics more than 20 years ago. Packer says Irvin loved his job.

“It’s just the premise of us securing people, helping people, making sure they are okay at all times,” said Packer.

Friends say they are holding each other close and trying their best to find peace in the wake of unexpected sadness.

“Pain will be there for some time, but with time, all things heal,” said Packer. “I just hope he’s in a place that gives him the same peace that we are looking to get right now.”

Virginia security officer shot to death #PrivateOfficerNews

Wanted: Coleston Ryan Lewis


York-Poquoson Virginia Nov 24 2016

The Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting early this morning and found a security officer shot to death.

Both directions of George Washington Memorial Highway were shut down from Coventry Boulevard to the Newport News city line while police searched for the homicide suspect, sheriff’s office spokesman Dennis Ivey said this morning.

The fatal shooting that killed private security officer Richard Irvin occurred shortly before 2 a.m. in the parking lot of the County Grill & Smokehouse in the 1200 block of George Washington Memorial Highway, police said.

Irvin was escorting a man from a tent party in the parking lot of the business when the man turned around and shot him, Ivey said.

The 42-year-old died from him injuries. The suspect fled, Ivey said.

The sheriff’s department now states that Coleston Ryan Lewis is wanted for murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with this shooting.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or the sheriff’s office Facebook TIP LINE (757) 890-4999.

Security officer murder was a “hit” #PrivateOfficerNews


A Chicago security officer was shot and killed to silence him and keep him from testifying about something that he had witnessed while working security at a bar.

Brookfield Police Chief James Episcopo said Monday that Michael Smith was shot and killed outside his Brookfield home in a retaliatory “execution.”

33-year-old Smith was gunned down in January of this year because he was a witness for the prosecution according to Federal officials.

Smith worked security at the now-closed Shrine Nightclub in the South Loop and was a witness in a court case that involved 39-year-old Comfort Robinson. Robinson was involved in an altercation at the club in 2015 and Smith was working security at the time.

Police say Smith was scheduled to testify against Robinson when 25-year-old Jermaine Douglas followed him home, and then shot and killed him while he sat in his car on January 27.

According to police, a third man, 29-year-old DeJuyon Johnican, conspired with Robinson and Douglas to commit this murder.

Police worked this case and followed the leads for months and now all three are behind bars.

“These are evil men. Michael Smith was in the prime of his life and was killed for doing his job,” said Brookfield Police Chief James Episcopo.

Police had been looking for Douglas in this case. They finally arrested him last week after a police chase and crash in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. Douglas is being held without bond. Robinson and Johnican are being held right now on $250,000 bond.

Brookfield police worked with several other agencies, including the FBI and Major Crimes Task Force to bring these men in.

Washington DC police charge man in death of private police officer #PrivateOfficerNews

WASHINGTON DC Nov 23 2016 — Metropolitan Police have arrested a man in the fatal shooting of an on-duty private police officer in September.

The department said in a news release that on Sept. 8, 29-year-old Evan Williams of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was found shot in his car near a fire station in southeast Washington.
Police say he died two hours later at a hospital.

Officers say on Tuesday, they arrested 30-year-old Dewayne Chatman.
He is charged with first-degree murder in Williams’ death.
No other information was released.

3 Arrested after nightclub bouncer killed for doing his job #PrivateOfficerNews

Former bouncer was killed outside his home ‘for doing his job,’ police say


BROOKFIELD IL Nov 22 2016 — Michael Smith was shot and killed outside his Brookfield home in January in a retaliatory “execution,” Brookfield Police Chief James Episcopo said Monday. 33-year-old Smith was killed because he was scheduled to testify about an incident he witnessed while working as a bouncer, according to Federal officials.

Smith worked security at the now-closed Shrine Nightclub in the South Loop and was a witness in a court case that involved 39-year-old Comfort Robinson. Robinson was involved in an altercation at the club in 2015 and Smith was working security at the time.

Police say Smith was scheduled to testify against Robinson when 25-year-old Jermaine Douglas followed him home, and then shot and killed him while he sat in his car on January 27. According to police, a third man, 29-year-old DeJuyon Johnican, conspired with Robinson and Douglas to commit this murder. All three are now behind bars.

“These are evil men. Michael Smith was in the prime of his life and was killed for doing his job,” said Brookfield Police Chief James Episcopo.

Police had been looking for Douglas in this case. They finally arrested him last week after a police chase and crash in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. Douglas is being held without bond. Robinson and Johnican are being held right now on $250,000 bond.

Brookfield police worked with several other agencies, including the FBI and Major Crimes Task Force to bring these men in.


Security official, 63, collapses and dies at Russian Consulate in NYC #PrivateOfficerNews

The man dropped to the floor in the consular security office on E. 91st St. near Fifth Ave.

New York City NY Nov 10 2016 A 63-year-old security officer collapsed and died early Tuesday at the Russian Consulate on the Upper East Side, police said.

The Russian native, who lived in Manhattan, suffered some kind of medical problem and dropped to the floor in the consular security office on E. 91st St. near Fifth Ave. just before 7 a.m. He died at the scene.

A police source said he had prior health issues.

“An American physician that was admitted to the Consulate’s building clearly ruled out signs of a violent death,” the consulate said in a statement posted to Facebook.

The victim was not immediately identified. The city medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine how he died.

Lancaster security officer shot in the head #PrivateOfficerNews

Lancaster CA Nov 9 2016

Los Angeles County sheriff investigators are trying to solve a mystery surrounding the shooting death of a private security officer who was on duty at a strip mall.

Deputies were called to the strip mall at around 7:05 p.m. Monday in the 1700 block of East Avenue J, said Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

There they found a 21 year old security officer deceased in a vehicle.

Homicide detectives learned that the man and another security officer were sitting in the second security guard’s car when the victim was shot, Alexander said.

Investigators say that the security officer had been shot in the head but it was not immediately clear if the victim shot himself or if the second security officer had shot him.
Authorities said the second man was questioned and released.

The victim’s gun was recovered at the scene, Alexander said.

The security officer was employed by Lancaster-based Opsec Specialized Protection, an employee of the company stated.

Harris County Security Officer Shot to Death #PrivateOfficerNews

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas Nov 78 2016– Deputies are searching for a white minivan after a game room security officer was shot and killed Sunday night.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, it happened at 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Dale Street in north Harris County.

At that time, the security officer saw a man coming up to the door with a weapon, deputies said. The security officer tried to lock the door, but the suspect kicked it in.

Deputies said a struggle ensued, and then the suspect fired three shots killing the security officer.

He died at the scene, deputies said.

Deputies said there were 35-40 people inside the game room at the time, and no other injuries were reported.

It doesn’t appear the suspect got away with anything. Deputies said the suspect fled in a white minivan, struck the gate at the exit and ripped off a sliding door of the van.

Deputies are calling the business an illegal gaming room and are now investigating the owners.

Killer of TSA security officer sentenced to life plus 60 years in prison #PrivateOfficerNews

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LOS ANGELES A Nov 8 2016  –  A gunman who killed a federal transportation security officer and wounded three other people during a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport was sentenced to life plus 60 years in prison Monday for the attack that crippled the nation’s second-busiest airport and disrupted travel nationwide.

Paul Ciancia, 26, had faced the mandatory life sentence for murdering a federal officer, but prosecutors also sought the additional 60-year term because he showed no remorse and still clings to the beliefs that led to the violence in 2013.

Addressing the court about what led up to the attack, Ciancia said that in 2012 he was sick of life and decided to kill himself.

At the time the 2012 presidential race was underway, he was watching a lot of cable news and there was a great deal of talk about gun control, he said.

“I told myself that day I need to get a gun,” he said, adding that not long after that he was harassed by Los Angeles police. He did not give details of that but continued his account.

“I knew exactly how I wanted to die. I was going to take up arms against my own government,” he said.

Ciancia said the Transportation Security Administration was not in his first or second plan but while doing research he found that it was the most hated agency in America.

“I was going to make a statement,” he said.

Ciancia noted that at the outset he had decided to spend his savings of $26,000 and that on Nov. 1, 2013 — the day of the attack — he was unable to pay his rent.

“My retirement was over,” he said.

He apologized for shooting airline passenger Brian Ludmer but he did not apologize for shooting the TSA agents.

Ludmer also addressed the court, referring to Ciancia’s “bizarre sense of remorse” and saying that the defendant should apologize to the TSA agents and the two children he left fatherless.

“If you can’t see that, if you can’t feel that, your sense of remorse is just as deranged as your actions,” Ludmer said.

Ciancia “plotted to commit mass murder at one of the nation’s foremost transportation hubs, murdered a beloved public servant in cold blood, seriously injured two other federal officers whom he shot and was attempting to kill, shot and injured a passenger who was traveling to attend a wedding, and terrified hundreds of other passengers and employees,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald wrote in sentencing papers.

Fitzgerald also asked that the court not recommend that Ciancia, who has a combination of mental disorders and has been suicidal in the past, be sent to a federal medical facility instead of prison.

The probation office made that recommendation in a sealed presentencing report the prosecutor referenced, but Fitzgerald said it would be inappropriate given Ciancia’s crimes and the threat he poses to federal employees. That determination should be made by the federal Bureau of Prisons, he said.

Fitzgerald said the bureau needs to protect its “personnel from a prisoner who killed a federal official, attempted to kill many more, has shown no remorse over his conduct, and continues to harbor the same beliefs that led him to commit his crimes.”

Ciancia, an unemployed motorcycle mechanic from New Jersey, pleaded guilty two months ago to murdering Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo Hernandez and to 10 other charges for the attack driven by his anger over airport security measures.

Ciancia shot and wounded TSA officers Tony Grigsby and James Speer as they ran from a screening checkpoint, and he struck Ludmer, who had been in the screening area, in the calf.

Ludmer, a high school theater technical director at the time, wrote a letter to the court saying he could no longer walk without pain or work in the same way, and his outlook on life has been altered. He’s lost his sense of security, is anxious in crowds and feels “utterly vulnerable in the world around me.”

Ludmer noted the crimes were another example where warning signs of a killer’s mental illness went unheeded and didn’t prevent him from buying an assault rifle.

“I’m mad at the system that failed him. That is failing all of us,” Ludmer wrote. “If cases like his are passing by without any red flags, if guns and ammunition can be sold to people without even checking for any such flags, then of course someone like him would do something like this.”

The pale, thin Ciancia had expected to die in the attack and left behind a note venting about unconstitutional searches. He wrote that the TSA treated Americans as terrorists, and he intended to strike fear in their hearts.

“I want it to always be in the back of your head just how easy it is to take a weapon to the beginning of your Nazi checkpoints,” he wrote in the note signed with his name and “Pissed-off Patriot.” ”If you want to play that game where you pretend that every American is a terrorist, you’re going to learn what a self-fulfilling prophecy is.”

Ciancia apparently still thinks he may one day be released.

In a court filing, one of his lawyers noted: “Ciancia believes he will get out of prison when the revolution begins.”