15 Security Officers Killed in October privateofficer.com

CHARLOTTE NC Nov 15 2015

October proved to be a deadly month for private security officers in the U.S.
A total of 15 security officers were confirmed killed while on duty.
But we estimate based on a number of different factors, that 18 security officers may have been killed.

Of the confirmed deaths, 13 died of gunfire, 1 of a medical condition and 1 from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.

During the month of October, 181 other on duty security officers were critically injured from gunshots, severe trauma sustained during assaults, stabbings and in five incidents, assaulted with motor vehicles.

A complete statistical analysis of data to determine the number of security officer assaults during the month of October is incomplete.

Three men working for DynCorp International security firm killed in Jordan privateofficer.com

WASHINGTON DC Nov 13 2015 — Three men killed in Monday’s shooting attack at a police training centre near Amman worked for DynCorp International, the company said on Tuesday.

DynCorp, an American intelligence and security contractor, said in a statement that one of its employees killed in the incident was American, one was South African and the third was Jordanian.

The company identified the American victim as Lloyd “Carl” Fields, 46, of Cape Coral, Florida, a former deputy sheriff from Louisiana. DynCorp said Fields began working for the company as a police adviser in Iraq in 2006, and worked as a police adviser in Afghanistan before moving to the Jordan International Police Training Centre, where Monday’s shooting took place.

The company identified the South African killed in the shooting as Conrad Vaughn Whitehorn, 37, of Johannesburg, who previously had worked as a bodyguard and driver before joining DynCorp.

DynCorp said that the name of the Jordanian killed in the incident was not being immediately released “out of respect for the family’s privacy”.

US officials have said a second American working as an adviser at the Jordanian training facility also died in the shooting. But so far the victim and his employer have not been identified.

Bizarre Crash Kills Security Officer privateofficer.com

APPLE VALLEY CA Nov 11 2015 — San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials said a 55-year-old security officer was killed in a bizarre accident Tuesday afternoon.

The Hesperia California man was killed after he was struck by a falling sign that had been hit by a vehicle the parking lot of a Bank of America building Tuesday.

Calls reporting a collision involving a vehicle and pedestrian in the 19000 block of Bear Valley Road, near the Jess Ranch area, were received at 3:12 p.m.

An 86-year-old woman in a gray Toyota Camry jumped a curb in the parking lot in front of the bank and struck a parking sign, Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station spokeswoman Trish Hill told the Daily Press.

The impact caused the sign to fall and hit the security officer, Hill said. The security guard worked at the bank and suffered head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The identity of the man is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The bank was closed down due to the incident and was not expected to open for the rest of the day, Hill said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation but it was believed to be an accident, Hill said. No other injuries were reported due to the incident.

Widow sues estate of man who fatally shot security officer husband at federal building privateofficer.com

Security guard Idrissa Camara, seen holding his 1-year-old daughter, was shot and killed.

New York City NY Oct 30 2015 The widow of a security guard who was shot dead at a SoHo federal building by a deranged gunman has filed suit against the killer’s estate.

Kevin Downing shot himself moments after he killed father of three Idrissa Camara on W. Houston St. in August.

Camara had just started his second shift of the day when he turned to greet Downing at the side entrance of the building and the retired U.S. Army Reserves captain pulled out a gun and fired.

Downing then walked toward the elevators and shot himself in the head.

Investigators said the men had never met, and that Downing, 68, was apparently looking for revenge against the Bureau of Labor Statistics for firing him in 2004.

A suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday by Camara’s widow Ayana Simmons seeks unspecified money and punitive damages from Downing’s estate for “wrongful death and assault and battery” against her 53-year-old husband.

The lawyer for Downing’s estate, Paul Faugno, declined comment.
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Two G4S security officers die in murder-suicide privateofficer.com

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JOHANNESBURG S.A. Oct 29 2015 – Police are investigating an alleged murder-suicide in the North West in which two cash in transit security guards died in Stilfontein.

It’s understood the G4S guards were arguing over routes on Monday when one shot his colleague and then turned the gun on himself.

In a statement the company said it was working with police to determine the exact circumstances.

The police’s Paul Ramaloko says, “They were driving in a G4 security vehicle in Stilfontein. They had differences [when the] one took out a firearm and shot at the driver.
The driver died instantly; the man [then] turned the gun on himself and he also died on the spot.”

3 Apartment Security Officers Shot to Death privateofficer.com


Charlotte NC Oct 21 2015 

Community leaders have identified a man who was fatally shot Monday on the border of the Whittier and Lyndale neighborhoods as Mohamed Haji, of Minneapolis.

Haji, who was believed to be in his early 60s, was a security officer and was shot around 4:45 p.m. near the corner of Pleasant Avenue and Lake Street E.
His death was the city’s fifth homicide in six days and the 40th this year, leaving Minneapolis on pace to log its largest number of homicides in about a decade.

Police said the shooting didn’t appear to be connected another fatal shooting over the weekend, in which officers found a man suffering from gunshot wounds in an alley in the 3700 block of 1st Avenue S. The man, whose name hasn’t been released, was taken to an area hospital, where he died early Monday, police said.

Haji was a security guard at the Horn Towers, where residents remembered him as a quiet, friendly man who took pride in his job securing the building.

Witnesses described the shooting suspect as a young male, clad in a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans, who was seen getting into a black car that fled.

A security office in Detroit Michigan was also reportedly shot at an apartment complex.
Reports say that there was a confrontation several men who refused to leave the property and the
security officer was shot.
A dark colored small vehicle was seen leaving the property.
No arrests have been made.

A third security officer was also shot during the overnight hours in Birmingham Alabama.
Police there have identified the victim as Maurice Dukes 28 of Birmingham.
Police have no suspects and there is some indication that it may have been a robbery gone bad.
The family was at the scene this morning and identified the security officer.
The investigation is on-going.

Birmingham security officer shot to death privateofficer.com

October 21 2015
Police are on the scene of a fatal shooting of a security officer at a Birmingham apartment complex.
Officers responded to the Park at Wood Station complex in the 6000 block of First Avenue South at 7:11 a.m. Tuesday to find the security officer shot dead in his vehicle.
The victim was working at the complex, according to Lt. Sean Edwards of the Birmingham Police Department.
“This man was doing an honest thing, honest work,” he said at a news conference.
Edwards said detectives are canvassing the area and asking for the public’s help for information on the shooting.
“They’re cold-hearted,” he said of the shooter. “They have no regard for life. To come here to harm someone that’s on their job, who’s doing an honest living and making an honest pay is just unfortunate. We really need the community to step up and help out on this one.”
The victim wa slater identified as Maurice Dukes, 28 of Birmingham.
Representatives from the security company the victim worked for are also on the scene. 

Security officer slain during robbery privateofficer.com

SHREVEPORT, LA  Oct 18 2015 

A security officer was slain during a robbery of a Shreveport liquor store Friday night police have reported.

The liquor store holdup occurred at 8400 block of Linwood which is in Shreveport’s Cedar Grove neighborhood, authorities say.

Police responded to the Thrifty Liquor store in the 8400 block of Linwood Avenue just after 10 p.m., Caddo 911 dispatch records show.

A male wearing all black was in the process of robbing the store when the security tied to intervene and was shot, authorities say.

The wounded security officer was taken to University Health, where he was pronounced dead.

In addition to the security guard, several store employees and customers were in the store at the time of the robbery and shooting. No one else was wounded.

Shreveport police detectives believe only one shot was fired. They are interviewing the employees and customers and plan to review the store’s surveillance video.

Police believe that the man fled in an older model gray Lincoln Town car with a black roof.

The security officer’s name has not been released.

Slain County Security Officer Honored After 47 Years privateofficer.com


Los Angeles County CA Oct 17 2015 Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich and the Board of Supervisors presented a new plaque and scroll to the surviving family members of Los Angeles County Security Officer Lee Edward Roach during a Board meeting.

After the presentation, Sheriff’s Department personnel unveiled the new plaque that was placed in a high-traffic area on the second floor of the Hall of Administration, near the sheriff’s check-in desk.

Security Officer Roach was assigned to guard county payroll warrants on the fifth floor of the Hall of Administration building.  While patrolling his beat on Nov. 13, 1968, Security Officer Roach was shot and killed with his own weapon by an assailant identified as a former Los Angeles County janitor.

Officer Roach was 40 years old.  The killer was never brought to justice.

Roach was assigned to the Hall of Administration Building for three years and was considered a top security officer.

This little-known tragedy was brought to light by a retiring Los Angeles County employee who noticed the plaque honoring Officer Roach was missing from its place on a fifth floor wall.


Former Seabrook Nuclear security officer guilty of embezzlement privateofficer.com

SEABROOK NH Oct 16 2015 — A former Seabrook Station employee admitted in federal court to embezzling $14,000 from the union he once led, and is due to be sentenced this January.

Gregory Paradis, a onetime security guard at the plant, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement and theft of union funds on Oct. 2, during his appearance at U.S. District Court in Concord. Paradis was former president of United Federation of Special Police and Security Officers (UFSPSO) Local 501. The union represents local workers at the nuclear power plant and is headquartered in Briarcliff Manor (Westchester County), New York.

Paradis, whose age and home address is not listed in any of the court files, faces a possible jail sentence of five years and a fine of up to $250,000, but is likely to receive a reduce sentenced based on his plea.

According to court documents, after Paradis became the union’s president and senior steward in May 2011, he opened a checking account for the union at TD Bank. Two debit cards were attached to the account. One card was issued to Paradis. The other card was issued to the union’s vice president.

While reviewing the account’s bank statements in mid-December 2012, the union’s vice president learned that approximately $15,000 was missing from the account. When asked by the union’s vice president to explain the deficiency, Paradis falsely claimed that the account had a balance that was substantially higher than the reported amount. He blamed the error on TD Bank and the lawyers who arranged for the union to become part of the UFSPSO.

On Dec. 23, 2012, Paradis resigned as president of the union. A short time later, he stopped working as a security guard at the nuclear power plant.

The Seabrook Police Department became involved in the case in early January, 2013, when the union’s vice president gave bank statements to then-Sgt. Brett Walker. While speaking with Walker, Paradis denied stealing money from the union. To prove his innocence, the defendant allowed Walker to inspect the union’s checkbook and some cancelled checks that were written from the account. After Walker inspected the documents, he showed copies of the bank statements to the defendant and asked him to comment on the large number of cash withdrawals from the account. The defendant declined to look at the statements, stating that it would “make him sick” and that he believed he had stolen between $5,000 and $7,500 from the account.

Later in the year, Walker conducted a follow-up interview with Paradis who told the officer that he injured his ankle playing basketball in May, 2011 and needed money to help cover expenses while out of work. He admitted to taking small amounts of money from the union account with the intent of paying it back. However, he began withdrawing so much money that he lost track of the amount he stole, according to court records.

On Sept. 9, 2014, Paradis was interviewed by Dennis O’Connor, an investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Management Standards, O’Connor presented him with a chronological list of withdrawals from the account from May, 2011 through Dec. 2012.

At O’Connor’s request, Paradis placed a check mark next to each legitimate withdrawal. Through this procedure, he identified 41 occasions when he used the debit card attached to the account at grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, hardware stores, and other places to purchase items totaling $1,240.65 for his personal benefit; and 88 occasions when he used the debit card to make cash withdrawals totaling $9,690.75 from the account for his personal benefit, according to court records.

Newburyport News

Securitas Security Officer Killed in Oakland Crash privateofficer.com

Oakland CA Oct 13 2015 A security contractor with Union Pacific Railroad was killed in a crash near the Port of Oakland on Sunday morning, a Union Pacific spokesman said.
Securitas Security Services employee Harvey Jackson, 67, lost control of his company-issued pickup truck and crashed at 6:29 a.m. as he was patrolling an intermodal yard in the 1400 block of Middle Harbor Road, where cargo from port ships is loaded onto freight trains, Union Pacific spokesman Francisco Castillo said.

The Toyota Tacoma slammed into a row of parked chassis underframes — empty frames used to mount cargo containers for street or rail travel, Castillo said.
Jackson was pronounced dead a short time later.
Union Pacific police and the Oakland police are investigating why Jackson lost control of the truck.
No one else was injured in the accident.

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

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 privateofficer.com

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 privateofficer.com


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 privateofficer.com

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 privateofficer.com

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 privateofficer.com

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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 privateofficer.com


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 privateofficer.com

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.