Driver arrested in crash that killed Knox school security officer

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Camara is survived by a wife and three young children.

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NYC court security officer shot to death

New York City NY Aug 22 2015

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

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

Family sues security company in death of security guard

Marina del Rey CA Aug 22 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Las Vegas security officer stabbed multiple times

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

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

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

Omaha Public Schools security officer killed in motorcycle crash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mount Vernon NY man pleads guilty in murder of security officer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hospital security officer beaten-carjacked-dies


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No arrests have been made.

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

2 Security Officers Die in Shootings

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Houston police charge man in 2009 killing of Club Security Guard


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Marshals and police arrest third person in murder of security officer

Little Rock AR July 18 2015 U.S. marshals and Little Rock police have arrested a third suspect in the slaying of a 68-year-old security guard in his home July 8, police said Friday night.

Calvin Thornton Jr., 27, of 2100 S. Valentine St. was arrested Friday at 1600 S. Pierce St. on a capital-murder charge in the death of Fred Pohnka Jr., Little Rock police spokesman Lt. Steven McClanahan said via email.

McClanahan said Thornton would be booked into the Pulaski County jail. The jail’s website didn’t yet list him as an inmate.

Thornton was the third suspect identified in the case. Malcolm Jamel Cooksey, 24, and Alexandria Levette Martin, 27, have also been arrested in connection with the killing.

Pohnka, a security guard at Region’s Bank, was found beaten to death with a blunt object in his home at 1217 S. Jackson St. His wallet, cellphone, TV and gun were stolen, according to a police report.

2 Security Officers Shot- 1 Dead in Maryland

Prince George County MD July 17 2015

Two security officers have been shot and one has died in an overnight shooting at a Maryland apartment complex.

The security guards were at the Central Garden Apartments complex on Cindy Lane in Capitol Heights.

Prince George police responded to calls of shots fired at the complex at around 1:00am according to officers.

A resident said that she heard five gunshots between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. Neighbors said the apartments have armed security guards that routinely patrol the area.

It’s not clear if the guards fired their weapons or what occurred.

Police initially closed a number of roads in the area, including Central Avenue, though those road closures were open again by 5:20 a.m.

The identity of the security officers have not been released.

Little Rock police make two arrests in security officer murder

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. July 16 2015 Police have arrested a man wanted in connection to the Jackson Street homicide.

According to Lt. Steve McClanahan, Malcolm Jamel Cooksey, 24, was wanted for capital murder and theft of property in the death of 68-year-old Fred Pohnka, Jr., who died at his home on Jackson Street last week. Cooksey was reportedly captured on the 2700 block of South Jackson Street.

McClanahan said investigators have determined that Pohnka was beaten to death with a blunt object.

One woman has already been arrested in connection to the case. Alexandria Martin, 27, was arrested for capital murder, fraudulent use of a credit card and theft by receiving Tuesday evening.

The three people previously mentioned in other reports have been questioned by the Little Rock Police Department. Their names have not been released.

“We’re not saying that they’re associates. I don’t believe that that’s the case. Because there was no forced entry, they probably did know him,” Lt. Steven McClanahan with the Little Rock Police said.

If you have any information about this case, you’re asked to call (501) 404-3011.

Houston security officer shot to death at apartments complex

HOUSTON TX July 15 2015 For the second time today, a security officer has been killed while on duty.
The latest death is a security officer who was fatally shot at an apartment complex in southeast Houston early Wednesday morning.
Houston police say that a security officer on duty was shot multiple times between 2am and 3am at the St. Joseph complex along Park Place Blvd. and the Gulf Freeway.
Neighbors say they heard multiple gunshots and then discovered the security guard’s body.

Surveillance video shows a vehicle at the front of the complex at the time of the shooting. It also shows a man, but at this point, it’s not clear if that man was involved.

One resident, who didn’t want to be identified, said he was always worried for the security guard’s safety.

“The way he would operate, I was scared for him because I know there are usually people hiding out in here,” he said.

Residents told us that the security officer had worked at the property for quite some time.

Police towed away a resident’s vehicle. The car’s owners said there was a bullet hole in the side and they wanted it as evidence.
Police have not released the name of the security officer yet.

Armored truck guard dies in ejection accident

TUCSON, AZ July 15 2015  – Authorities say an armored truck security guard was ejected from the vehicle and fatally injured following a collision on Interstate 10 in Tucson.
The truck and another vehicle collided causing the rear door to open and eject the security officer onto the Interstate.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the truck collided with another vehicle and then struck a freeway wall. That’s when the back door opened and the guard was ejected.
The security officer may have also have been hit by at least one other vehicle.

The accident occurred on westbound I-10 at Speedway Boulevard during the Monday morning commute, closing two lanes so DPS could investigate the accident.
The lane closures caused a backup of westbound I-10 for more than two miles.
The Department of Transportation urged travelers to take alternate routes.

The security officer who was employed by Garda was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the victim has not been released yet.
The accident is under investigation and there may be criminal charges filed.

Bank security officer found murdered at home


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  July 11 2015 A Little Rock home was ransacked and the body of the man who lived there was found inside.

Little Rock police are searching for a suspect as neighbors are left in disbelief that something like this would happen on their street.

The victim was identified as 68-year-old Fred Pohnka Jr. on Wednesday afternoon.

“I just can’t believe it. I just talked to him on the phone,” Rochelle Moore explained. Shock and disbelief spread throughout the neighborhood as news traveled about Wednesday morning’s homicide. Moore added, “Really hard. Really hard to even imagine.”

Police say there was no forced entry but the house was ransacked. Inside they found Pohnka dead from a gunshot wound. Sheena Cleveland lives next door and said, “I wanted to cry.”

Police say when they arrived on scene, contact was made with two supervisors with a security company who told officers they had received a call from Regions Bank. Ponkha was reportedly a security guard at the bank. According to police, representatives of the bank told the security company that Ponkha had not arrived for work that morning, so his supervisors went to check on him.

Police said that no one answered the door when supervisors arrived at the home, so they called 911. Officers are said to have found Ponkha deceased in the kitchen.

Those who knew Pohnka say he was well liked by everyone in the community. Brenda Harris said, “He was like a pillar of the community. Anywhere he saw you he would speak. You walk by to go to the store, he would speak to you.”

News of the 16th homicide of the year infuriates Reverend Benny Johnson, with the Stop the Violence movement.

“Our city is out of control and we just need some help from the state.”

Johnson said he has asked to meet with the governor previously, but his request was not met. Which is why he personally hand-delivered a letter to the Governor’s office on Wednesday, requesting help.

Inside the Governor’s office, Johnson explained, “Wrote a letter to the Governor, gave it to you. I called back and hadn’t heard back from him for about a week. They said he never got the letter.” Johnson was told Governor Asa Hutchinson was not in the office at the time.

But back on Jackson Street, Moore says, “Just his…smile… his personality.”

Police continue combing through evidence, while the community grieves and remembers their neighbor as the friendly person they say he was. Harris said, “To see this on Jackson is really heartbreaking. He was a very nice man. He will be missed.”

Houston security officer found shot to death

Houston TX July 6 2015  Police are investigating the murder of a Houston security officer.

Police found the man’s body shot and left for dead in a parking lot last night in southwest Houston.

Officers were called out around 8pm to a manufacturing business on Highway 288 and the South Loop near NRG Stadium.

The security guard there was lying dead in the parking lot and police say that he had been shot sometime in the past 24 to 48 hours.

Police say it looks like his phone was used by someone just before the man was killed.

Police are still working to find a motive and a suspect.

The name of the security officer and his employer was not released during the initial press release.

Detroit man admits to killing security officer sent to prison

DETROIT MI July 4 2015

A man who admitted to shooting and killing a Highland Park reserve police officer who was working security at a night club has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

Walter Jennings pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Roderick Jones’ death.

He was sentenced Thursday to 20 to 50 years on the murder charge and also five years on a felony firearms charge.

“I apologize to my family. I am sorry,” Jennings said in court.

Jones was shot multiple times Feb. 7 outside the Opyum Lounge on Eight Mile Road.

Jones was working as a security guard at the Lounge and told Jennings he would have to leave. Shortly after, Jennings shot Jones.

Jones was also a combat veteran, having served as U.S. Army Ranger.