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.”

Fl nightclub security officer shot to death during confrontation #PrivateOfficerNews

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LAUDERHILL FL Nov 7 2016  Investigators are trying to determine what led to a shooting at a Lauderhill nightclub that left three people wounded and one dead.

Lauderhill Police said it happened around 5 a.m. Saturday at Club 54, located at 3135 W. Broward Blvd.

Officers revealed little information about what happened as the investigation began its preliminary stages, including whether or not any suspects are in custody.

The deceased victim is believed to be a security guard.

“He got shot trying to provide for his family,” said another security guard. “But it doesn’t justify the fact that there are people out there who shoot people. He never did anything to anybody.”

The gunshots were loud enough to wake residents nearby.

“I was in my bed and we hear outside nothing but a whole barrage of shots. A whole lot,” said George Davis. “A lot of shots, man. A lot of shots. Like you’re in the army.”

He said the shooting came in several bursts minutes apart.

“Bam-bam-bam, a couple of minutes you hear, slowed down again, then a couple more minutes you hear shots again, shots again,” he said. “I got up and look outside and see all the cops.”

There was also a second crime scene at Broward Blvd and 27th Avenue, where a white Audi that was taking one of the shooting victims to the hospital stopped after making a U-turn. The driver saw an officer on a traffic stop and sought help.

Sequoia Chipp, who works at a restaurant near that scene, said, “It’s crazy. This is amazing. I am not from here. This is the first time I have ever seen something like this in Broward County.”

Three of the victims were transported to the hospital in unknown condition.

Anyone with information should call Lauderhill Police or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477). There is a reward of up to $3,000.

Three nightclub security officers killed in less than a week #PrivateOfficerNews

Charlotte NC Nov 7 2016

For the third time in less than a week a nightclub security employee has been shot to death while six others have been shot since Friday.

Police in Florida, Texas and Arkansas say that club security personnel trying to keep the peace and protect others have lost their lives.

The latest shooting occurred in Lauderhill Florida at a club where four people including the security officer were shot.
The 5 a.m. Saturday shooting happened at Club 54, located at 3135 W. Broward Blvd.

Officers revealed little information about what happened as the investigation is in its preliminary stages, including whether or not any suspects were in custody.

A San Antonio nightclub security officer was shot to death by a man who had snuck up on him in a mask and shot him several times. Police are working several leads but have made no arrests.
and there have been no arrests reported in the Arkansas shooting either.

Murder of Security Officer Could Be Connected To Hotel Murder #PrivateOfficerNews


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Nov 6 2016
By Rick McCann
Private Officer International

Two unsolved murders which happened a few months and a few miles apart have some in Albuquerque wondering if they’re connected and why.

Nearly six months ago, a hotel security officer patrolling the property discovered the body of a deceased man and contacted police.
55-year-old Thomas Mitchell was dead in the parking lot of Hotel Cascada and an autopsy report released on Friday shows that he died from “blunt force and asphyxial injuries” and that his death was a homicide.

Stephen Wills, the security officer called police around 2 a.m. to report that he found Mitchell dead, his legs and torso under a car parked at the hotel.
Mitchell had blood on his face and visible injuries to the left side of his head according to an officer’s report.

Mitchell’s toxicology report also showed that he had a large amount of alcohol in his system.

The security officer had also reported to police that earlier in the night he had encountered another man at the hotel. That 18-year-old man, was “covered in blood,” banging his head against a wall in the parking lot, according to a police report.

After Wills found Mitchell dead in the parking lot, he again spotted the 18-year-old as the man was getting into a car and detained him.

Police learned the teen had been staying at the hotel for a friend’s graduation party, and he told them he had been in a scuffle before the security guard found him, outside and bloody.

The teen said he was “getting beaten and he fought back.”

The officers put the teen in a hazmat suit and took DNA samples, photographs of his injuries and fingerprints, standard practice for people suspected in homicides.

Police have refused to say if the teen is a suspect in Mitchell’s death or if they believe he acted in self-defense.

They are also still not releasing any further details about the death of Mitchell.

A few months later, the security officer who found Mitchell was himself gunned down while on duty at an apartment complex.

Police say it appears that the murders and timing are just a coincidence, but the unanswered questions about Mitchell’s death, the mystery apprehension of the teen covered in blood and the death of the security officer who found the homicide victim and a possible suspect all seem to be too coincidental for some including a 30 year homicide veteran that is familiar with both cases.

Albuquerque police continue to insist that there is no evidence connecting the two deaths.

But they have also been mum on Wills’ death, refusing to release police reports in the case. His autopsy shows that he was shot eight times in the face, chest and arms.

“Wills was an honorably discharged Army veteran, father, and dedicated employee of a local private security company who provides security patrols to local businesses,” APD spokesman Tanner Tixier said in an email.

Many apartment residents spoke fondly of Wills, saying he would frequently check on them.

Both cases remain unsolved.

This is a story that we have followed for months and will continue to ask questions and investigate.

San Antonio nightclub security guard shot to death #PrivateOfficerNews

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SAN ANTONIO TX Nov 4 2016 Police have confirmed that the man shot to death at the Annex nightclub on Sunday night was a security guard.

Questions loomed as loved ones said goodbye to Chris Fuentes, the security bouncer shot and killed at the club near North Side.

On Wednesday night, the medical examiner officially identified him and confirmed his death was a homicide. The same night, more than 100 people gathered to celebrate Fuentes’ life.

They stood in a tight circle at a candlelight vigil, singing “Happy Birthday” to someone who wasn’t there. It wasn’t the birthday celebration they planned for.

Instead of celebrating Fuentes’ 35th year of life, they mourned his death. They let go of the balloons and watched them float away.

Letting go of her dad is an impossible task for Juliet Fuentes.

“I’m hoping I wake up one day and he’ll call me again and everything will be fine,” she said.

Her tears fell onto the same parking lot where her father’s life was taken Sunday night. Witnesses told police Chris Fuentes was escorting someone out of the Annex night club when two people came up and shot him multiple times.

“I think he got set up,” said Chris Fuentes’ mother, Yolanda Fuentes.

Looking at her son’s picture, Yolanda Fuentes was riddled with anger and grief.

As the murder investigation continues, police ask the public for any information they have about Sunday’s shooting or the people involved. Anyone with information is asked to call 210-207-7273.

School security officer found dead on Garden State Parkway #PrivateOfficerNews

High School Security Guard Found Dead On Garden State Parkway

Lacey Township NJ Oct 24 2016 Details were revealed after a N.J. man who worked a high school security guard was found dead on the Garden State Parkway Saturday, police said.

Police identified the 77-year-old Richard Baran of Lacey Township. He was found dead in his car near mile marker 67.9 on the northbound side, police said.

The car was found stopped in the center lane, police said.

Baran was a security guard at Southern Regional High School for about 20 years who formerly worked for the city of Bayonne until 1994, according to state pension records and his Facebook page.

He was widowed but friends referred to him as “gramps” on Facebook.

Baran’s body was discovered after State Police arrived at the scene shortly after 6:25 a.m. and found him unconscious inside a Hyundai Sonata.

Police said the man most likely suffered a medical episode, saying no other cars were involved. An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.

The death remains under investigation.
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High school student charged in shooting death of Greensboro NC security officer #PrivateOfficerNews


GREENSBORO, N.C. Oct 19 2016

Police have announced that they have arrested a high school student in the murder of an on-duty security officer at a Greensboro North Carolina Food Lion store.

Police said that the 16 year old East Guilford High School student was arrested Tuesday after developed leads that led them to him.

Nature Maurice Williams, 16, of 1151 Langston Drive, was charged with first-degree murder, as well as robbery with a dangerous weapon for taking Smith’s firearm. The weapon has not been recovered, authorities said.

Authorities responded to a Food Lion at 2316 E. Market Street at about 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 and found security officer Anthony Charles Smith, 51, with a single gunshot wound to the back of his head.
His firearm was missing.
Smith was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

As of  Tuesday night no bond had been set for Williams.

Security Officer Shot in the Head For His Gun #PrivateOfficerNews


New details from law enforcement today tells a story of a violent, calculated attack on an armed security officer who was on duty at a Greensboro North Carolina Food Lion store when he was shot dead on Saturday.

According to investigators, the security officer from Winston-Salem, identified as Anthony Smith, 51, was employed by Guard One Security and was on duty at the Food Lion at 2316 E. Market St. near South English Street when he was ambushed by an armed black male and shot in the head.

Police said today that the attack was deliberate and that no robbery of the store or any type of confrontation took place prior to the attack. It appears that the only thing that was taken after the shooting was the security officer’s firearm.

The suspect took Smith’s gun from his holster and fled the scene on foot, police said. He was last seen heading south on South English Street, police said.

Police released surveillance images of the suspect on Monday and described the suspect as a light-skinned, heavy-set black man in his early 30s standing 5’10” to 6′ tall. He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, a black hat and Nike shoes, police said.

The killer made no attempt to rob the store or any customers. His singular intent was to murder this security officer and take his handgun.

Police still do not have any solids leads as to the identity of the suspect.

Palm Springs Security Officer Killed By DUI Driver #PrivateOfficerNews

Palm Springs CA Oct 12 2016

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident that has left an on-duty security officer dead.

Police arrested a 29-year-old man from Cathedral City on suspicion of DUI after the two-car crash that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old man from Joshua Tree in Palm Springs early Tuesday morning.

According to Officer Mike Radford, Austin Ulshafer was driving a GMC pickup truck eastbound on Ramon Road at about 2 a.m. when he struck a Ford Crown Victoria within the intersection of Gene Autry Trail near the Palm Springs airport.
Both vehicles sustained major damage in the collision.

The 23-year-old passenger in the Ford was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center with major injuries where he was pronounced dead later Tuesday morning, Radford said in a news release.

Both drivers sustained minor injuries in the crash and they were also taken to the hospital. Ulshafer was arrested afterward and was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the CHP.

While we have confirmed the identity of the security officer, we are not releasing it until police have notified family members.

Food Lion security officer shot to death #PrivateOfficerNews

GREENSBORO NC Oct 10 2016 — A Food Lion security officer who was shot Saturday night has died.

According to a police news release, Anthony Charles Smith, 51, of Winston-Salem, was shot around 7:15 p.m. by a black man described as light-skinned, heavy-set, in his early 30s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, last seen wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, black pants, a black hat, and Nike sneakers.
He was last seen fleeing on foot southbound on South English Street from the scene.

Smith was employed by Guard One Security Company and was working in the capacity of security officer at the grocery store at the time of the shooting.
He was inside of the store when he was confronted by the shooter and sustained the gunshot wound, according to the release.

At the time of the shooting, numerous frightened store customers fled prior to police arrival. Investigators are asking any persons that were inside of the store between 7 and 7:30 p.m. to please either call Crimestoppers (336) 373-1000 or Detective A.R. Hinson (336) 574-4004.

Mr. Smith’s autopsy is scheduled for Monday. The investigation is ongoing.

Police are not releasing the motive for the shooting.