Atlanta area security officer found shot to death


EAST POINT, Ga. May 24 2015  — East Point police are investigating the death of a security guard found in a crashed white SUV next to Clarus Linen Service.

Police say one of the businesses employees called 911 to report an SUV crashed into the fence outside their building.

The employee also told police the front of the SUV caught fire when it crashed, but another employee put it out.

Police say the man behind the wheel of the truck was a security guard at Tri-Cities Plaza, which is about 300 feet from the crash scene.

Investigators found broken glass in the parking lot that matches the glass from the crashed SUV.

According to police, the security guard was shot and involuntarily put his foot on the gas pedal.

Police are investigating this as a suspicious death.

Man charged in 2012 slaying of Wackenhut guard

Demarkeo Lockhart: Man, 21, has been charged in the killing of Hester Jackson.

Richmond County GA May 22 2015
The police investigation into the slaying of a Wackenhut guard at Savannah River Site has been closed with an arrest after more than two years.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins confirmed Thursday that Demarkeo Jarome Lockhart, 21, has been charged in the killing of Hester Jackson.
Lockhart was booked into the Richmond County jail a week ago on charges of driving under a suspended license. Charges of murder, burglary in the first degree, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and false statement in a government matter have since been added.
On the anniversary of Jackson’s death last year, investigators said the case had gone cold, and although detectives had an idea who it could have been, it would come down to someone talking.
Police said Jackson, 56, was fatally shot when he arrived at his home in the 2700 block of Willis Foreman Road from his job at Wackenhut Services on Dec. 8, 2012, and surprised a burglar. Police found his body the next morning after he failed to show up for work and didn’t answer phone calls from his wife.
According to Lockhart’s arrest warrants, he entered Jackson’s home through a rear door and removed three watches. He then used a .380-caliber handgun to shoot the victim multiple times in the torso.
The warrant also said that upon Lockhart’s arrest for a traffic violation last week he told a sheriff’s investigator that his friends “Jay” and “Zay” told him they shot and killed Jackson while attempting to burglarize his home. Investigators were later able to identify Jay and Zay and determine the two men were in custody at the Georgia Department of Corrections when Jackson was killed. The two men told police they never told Lockhart anything about Jackson’s slaying.
Jackson was an Air Force veteran and had been employed at Wackenhut for 29 years. He was described in his obituary as an “avid racquetball player” who played across the country and was a “dynamic” saxophone player.
Jackson was also newly married. He and his wife, Brenda, had known each other for more than 20 years before finally tying the knot about six months earlier. Brenda Jackson was still living in North Carolina when her husband was killed. She was in the process of moving and had planned to move the final truck of her belongings the next week. Investigators said she had remained a faithful caller seeking answers to her husband’s death.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, WSI-SRS and Professional Pro-Force of Savannah River Local 125 also offered a $10,000 reward, hoping it would convince someone to give details on the case.
“They obviously don’t know how this feels to be without your mate and friend,” Brenda Jackson said on the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death. “I just want them to turn themselves in and justice be served. It won’t bring him back, but it will give me some peace and closure.”
Augusta Chronicle

3 charged with murder of Clarksdale security guard

16-year-old Kentavious Nolan (top left), 20-year-old Jeremy Evans (top right), and 21-year-old Demarcus Bryant (bottom center) are charged with murder. (Source: Clarksdale Police Department)

CLARKSDALE, MS May 16 2015
Three men are charged with shooting and killing a Clarksdale, Mississippi security guard.
The shooting happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday at the Clarksdale public utility guard house in the 200 block of Hicks Street.
Police say the 59-year-old security guard was inside the gate when he was shot by someone on the other side.
The guard, who family members say is 59-year-old Finnis Melvin “Butch” Catledge III., died.
Clarksdale Police Department arrested 16-year-old Kentavious Nolan, 20-year-old Jeremy Evans, and 21-year-old Demarcus Bryant. They are charged and are each being held in jail on $500,000 bond.

MS. Security Officer Shot to Death


A security officer was shot and killed early Tuesday morning in a small Mississippi town and police do not know why.

Butch Catledge, 59, was shot at the Clarksdale Public Utilities South Plant on Highway 49.
The shooting happened around 1 a.m. at the Clarksdale public utility guard house in the 200 block of Hicks Street.
Police say he was inside the gate when he was shot by someone on the other side.
The security officer, who worked for Woods Security, died at the hospital.
Police have not said if they have any suspects.

Fla Security Officer Dies in Collision


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – May 13 2015

Security officer on his way from home died early this morning after striking a 18 wheeler on Interstate 95.

Charles Robert Campbell had just gotten off duty from World Golf Village when he was killed in a chain reaction accident that shut down Interstate 95 for eight hours, his family said.

Kathy Swindell, Campbell’s sister, was able to contact authorities and let them know it was her 59-year-old brother’s car that was involved in the accident.

Campbell’s family remembers him as a humorous, fun-loving, gentle giant.

“He was always fun-loving and cutting up. Playing with the kids. Sometimes I think he was the bigger kid,” Swindell said.

Campbell spent several years in the military serving his country, but his biggest love was a home-cooked meal while surrounded by his family. Swindell, who describes herself as a Christian, said she only hopes her brother was at peace and offered some words of wisdom.

“Enjoy life, live it to the fullest, and always hug and love those that are closest to you and never take that for granted. Because you never know when they’re going to leave,” Swindell said.

Since Campbell did not have a wife or kids, the family is reaching out for help with burial costs. They have created a Go Fund me account.

Los Angeles man charged in San Bernardino marijuana dispensary slaying of security officer


SAN BERNARDINO CA April 30 2015 A Los Angeles man has been charged with the deadly shooting of a security guard at a medical marijuana dispensary back in February.
Curtis James Jackson, 21, was charged Monday with murder and burglary, according to the criminal complaint filed by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, in connection to the death of Anthony Pineda, 25, of Rowland Heights.
Jackson is next scheduled to be in San Bernardino Superior Court on May 6, records show.
San Bernardino police picked up Jackson from the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Division last Thursday, San Bernardino County sheriff’s booking records show.
On the night of Feb. 16, two gunmen stormed the illegal dispensary in a strip mall at 2844 Rialto Ave.
They forced their way into the rear portion of the business where the marijuana products were located.
It’s unclear what happened directly before the shooting occurred, but officials believe that Pineda fired back, possibly striking one of the would-be robbers. Detectives believe the wounded gunman may have been critically shot from the amount of blood loss at the scene.
Police had to break down the front door to get to Pineda, who was found alone in the rear of the dispensary, officials said. Pineda was pronounced dead at the location.
It’s unclear if the dispensary workers locked Pineda inside or if the security door automatically locked after everyone ran outside, however, police say the employees were not cooperating with officers. It’s also unknown if anything was taken from the location.
The 25-year-old guard was scheduled to work security at this year’s Academy Awards when he was killed. Pineda also worked as an ocean lifeguard in Huntington Beach and was an avid water polo player and enthusiast.
The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Josh Cunningham at 909-384-5745 or Sgt. Carl Williams at 909-693-6665.

U.S. Census Bureau security officer shot to death

SUITLAND, Md. April 10 2015 — A security officer shot when he approached a couple fighting in a car near a gate to the U.S. Census Bureau has died, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Erika Murray said early Friday that Lawrence Buckner, 59, died at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md., at 7:19 p.m. ET Thursday.
The shooting at the Census complex near Washington, D.C., was part of a string of events that started with an apparent argument between a couple and ended with a police chase into the District that left the suspect and a Metropolitan Police Department sergeant with gun wounds, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday night during a briefing.
Lanier said she had no information on the conditions of either.

The chain of events started at about 6 p.m. when a car with a couple apparently arguing inside approached the gate of the Census Bureau in Suitland, Md., Lanier said. As the security guard approached the car, described as a green Honda, he was shot by gunfire coming from inside the car.
Police chased the vehicle into the District, where the occupants fired at a police car in one location. The suspect car fled again with police in pursuit, and shots were fired at a police car at a second location. Then the suspect car fled once more, Lanier said. At a location in Northeast Washington not far from Union Station, police cars blocked the path of the suspect vehicle and a crash took place. During a shootout that followed, the suspect was shot as well as the police sergeant, Lanier said.
Earlier at the Census Bureau, all entrances were shut down around 7:45 p.m. as heavily armed and armored tactical teams and sharpshooters moved in to the complex on Silver Hill Road, which also houses other federal offices. Media and bystanders were moved 200 yards away.
The Census Bureau has been headquartered there since 1942, and employs about 4,285 staff members.

Memphis teen pleads guilty to murdering security officer


MEMPHIS, TN-April 7 2015-A Memphis teen pleaded guilty Thursday in the 2013 shooting death of a Parkway Village apartment security guard and was sentenced to 35 years in prison with no parole.

Cordarius Porter, 19, entered his guilty plea to second-degree murder before Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter who accepted the settlement of the case.
Porter, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, admitted killing uniformed security guard Joseph Williams shortly after 11:00 p.m. on July 20, 2013, a the Camelot Manor Apartments at Camelot and Ashwood.
Williams, 32, was shot once in the arm and twice in the chest and was pronounced dead a short time later.
Investigators said Porter was angry that Williams had chased him off the apartment premises earlier.
Witnesses identified Porter as the shooter. He was arrested three days later and gave police a statement of admission.

DA drops homicide charge against man accused of shooting Homewood bar security guard

Pittsburgh PA April 2 2015 The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office withdrew charges Tuesday against a Lincoln-Lemington man accused in the shooting death of a Homewood security guard, court records in the case show.
Pittsburgh police had charged Kevin L. Ford, 28, with homicide, conspiracy, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in the death of Deion Nesbitt, 24, at the Rendezvous Phase III bar in Homewood on Feb. 16.
Mike Manko, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said that although probable cause initially existed for police to file the charges against Ford, “a further review of the case indicates that we would not be able to sustain our burden of proof.”
Ford’s lawyer, Warner Mariani, said his client’s actions inside the bar “did not rise” to warrant the charges. Mariani said he has not yet spoken to Ford.
Two others accused of Nesbitt’s death — Harvey Scott, 26, of Lincoln-Lemington and Tiqwan Green, 29, of Wilkinsburg — remain in the Allegheny County Jail. Greenfield District Judge James J. Hanley Jr. dismissed the charges against a fourth man at a preliminary hearing last week.
A witness told police Scott shot Nesbitt while the two tussled on the floor. The witness said Green shot at her while she was sitting in her car getting ready to take Nesbitt to the hospital. She was grazed, but did not seek treatment.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said Nesbitt was shot four times. He died at UPMC Presbyterian.

Clearwater detectives make arrest in 2006 killing of hotel security guard

MisseyCLEARWATER FL March 26 2015 — Kenneth Robert Missey, a sex offender with a lengthy criminal record, tried to convince detectives someone else fatally shot an unarmed security guard in 2006.

“He played a game of misdirection and false information,” Clearwater police Chief Dan Slaughter said during a news conference Tuesday.
But that game ended when detectives discovered Missey, 50, was giving false alibis and pointing them toward a potential suspect who was in prison at the time of William “Bill” Williams’ slaying.
Missey was indicted Friday on a charge of first-degree murder.
On Sept. 22, 2006, about 5:30 a.m., Missey barged into the Fairfield Inn & Suites at 3070 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. brandishing a gun and wearing a mask similar to what the character Jason wore in the movie Friday the 13th, Slaughter said.
Missey pointed the gun at the front desk clerk and ordered her to give him money, the chief said. When Williams, a security guard for Janus Security Services of Tampa, headed toward the commotion, Missey shot him twice, the chief said, adding that Williams of New Port Richey died in the lobby as Missey ran off with about $400.
It wasn’t until 2008 that Missey contacted Clearwater detectives. He gave them the gun used to kill Williams, saying it belonged to someone else. But investigators determined that man was behind bars at the time of the homicide.
“There were many, many small pieces of this investigation that have gotten us to this point,” Slaughter said.
Missey’s criminal history includes convictions for sexual battery, vehicle theft, fraud and grand theft, state records show.
He is currently in prison on charges of fleeing and eluding an officer and felon in possession of a weapon.
Tampa Bay Times

Berkeley man charged with special circumstance murder in security guard

OAKLAND CA March 18 2015 — A Berkeley man was charged Monday with special circumstance murder in connection to the December robbery and fatal shooting of a security guard who was lured to a quiet street near the MacArthur BART Station where he was attacked, authorities said.

Joel Robinson, 21, was expected to be arraigned in an Oakland courtroom Tuesday on one count of murder in the slaying of 20-year-old Hamilton Rodriguez-Ramos, who was shot and robbed Dec. 5 in the 500 block of 37th Street. Rodriguez-Ramos, of Oakland, a security guard at a hair supply business in East Oakland, died from his wounds Dec. 9.

 The U.S. Marshals arrested Robinson on Friday in Berkeley, Oakland police Officer Frank Bonifacio said.

Court papers show Robinson is also charged with a special circumstance allegation that makes him eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole and that he is one of four men accused in Rodrigues-Ramos’ death.

 Also charged with special circumstance murder are Amari Harmon, of San Leandro — the suspected gunman who was 17 when the fatal shooting occurred but has since turned 18 and is being prosecuted as an adult; Steven Hall, 24, of Oakland; and Tony A. Reed, 23, of Oakland. They were each arrested Jan. 9 at their homes.
 Police said Harmon and Rodriguez-Ramos knew each other for several years, having attended Encinal High School in Alameda together.

Oakland police Acting Lt. Randy Brandwood said the trio lured Rodriguez-Ramos to the 37th Street site, an area where they hang out, to rob him. Police say he was shot without provocation and robbed of cash and other items. His car was also taken and it was later recovered near the home of someone related to Reed, police said.

Tips from community members and video surveillance placing the three suspects in the area led to their arrests, Brandwood said. Each were being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail on Tuesday.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call police at 510-238-3821.
Mercury News

Detroit man convicted of security officer murder receives 371/2 years in prison


diDetroit MI March 8 2015— A second man convicted in the murder of one of the city’s most well-known anti-crime crusaders was sentenced Friday to at least 371/2 years in prison.
Michael Lawson was found guilty in December of killing Marcel Jackson, a member of the crime-fighting community group Detroit 300. Jackson, a 39-year-old married father of six, was shot to death in June 2012 while working as a security officer for the downtown Pandemonium nightclub.
Lawson was sentenced to 371/2 to 75 years in prison, according to Mark Bernardi, a spokesman for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. He was convicted of second-degree murder while another man, Carl Bruner, was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced last month to life in prison.
The murder was “shocking, outrageous and more than sad,” Wayne County Circuit Judge Craig Strong said at Bruner’s sentencing.
“It’s a senseless killing of a man who was loved by his family … who was trying to do the right thing.”
Lawson’s sentencing was postponed to Friday because his attorney had surgery and was not able to read the presentence report, according to attorney David Steingold, who stood in for Lawson’s attorney last month.
Bruner, who gave the Jackson family his condolences, said in court, “I did not commit this crime.” Bruner said he is not the same height as the man police were looking for and he was not in the club around the time the dispute erupted.
“I’m being framed for this crime,” said Bruner, who added he grew up with the Jackson family. He said he plans to appeal.
Before Bruner was sentenced, Jackson’s widow, Hollie, and Jackson’s mother, Carolyn Warrior, spoke. The two women cried and held each other up as they spoke of the pain of losing Jackson.
“Marcel was a great father and a great man who would give you the shirt off his back,” Hollie Jackson said. “I don’t have any hatred in my heart for any one of them. I just want them to realize what they took away from my home and this community.”
Warrior said her son was a protector and a peacemaker who gave up some of his family time to canvass Detroit streets to rid the city of crime “because he loved the city so much.”
Warrior said her heart goes out to Bruner, whom she “loved like a son.” She said her heart also goes out to his mother and family.
“I lost a son. They lost a son as well,” she said.
The night he was killed, Jackson reportedly had removed a man, who authorities identified as Bruner, from Pandemonium for hitting a woman. The man returned to the bar after closing, allegedly to retrieve his cellphone, but security guards would not let him back inside because he refused to be patted down for possible weapons.
The man returned with someone else and fired shots. Jackson was wounded in the back and died at Detroit Receiving Hospital.
Bruner and Lawson were arrested after a two-year investigation.
Following Bruner’s sentencing, Strong warned parents in the courtroom to be sure their children make smart decisions and stay out of trouble.
Strong said “we gotta keep our children close” as he spoke about seeing the “same people” who show up in his courtroom and others committing crimes.

Flint Michigan man guilty of killing security officer


Williams,Aaron.jpgFLINT, MI Feb 21 2015– A Flint man has avoided a second trial in the killing of a security guard after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Aaron Williams, 33, pleaded no contest Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the August 2010 killing of John “Andy” Mick. Williams and two other men previously stood trial in summer 2014 on charges from the killing.
Jurors found Williams guilty in July of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, felony firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm in Mick’s death. He was also charged with first-degree felony murder, but jurors were unable to return a verdict on that count.
A second trial on the murder charge was expected to begin Wednesday, but the plea agreement was reached before the case made it back in front of a jury.
“We agreed to 35 years on the minimum, plus two for felony firearm,” said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. “He’ll be 70 years old before he becomes parole-eligible.”
Williams’ attorney, Glenn Cotton, could not be reached for comment on the plea.
Authorities argued Mick was finishing his shift around 4 a.m. Aug. 14, 2010, at Riverview Village apartments, just north of downtown, when two men, Floyd Perkins and Kenya Hyatt, approached him and tried to steal his gun. A struggle ensued and Mick was shot to death.
Cotton said previously that his client provided the gun that was used in the robbery and killing.
Perkins and Hyatt were both convicted of first-degree felony murder during the 2014 trial and were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Williams was previously sentenced to 25-50 years for the armed robbery charges. Those sentences will run concurrently to the murder sentence. A two-year felony firearm sentence will run consecutively.
Genesee Circuit Judge Judith A. Fullerton is scheduled to sentence Williams on the murder charge March 16.

Security Officer Killed In San Bernardino Marijuana Dispensary Robbery


San Bernardino CA Feb 18 2015

Police Tuesday were looking for two suspects who shot and killed a 25-year-old security officer at a marijuana dispensary.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Monday in the 2800 block of W. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino police said.

Witnesses said the men tried to rob the store just before closing when shots were fired.

The security officer, identified as Anthony Pineda of Rowland Heights, was able to wound one of the suspects before he died, officials said.

Witnesses heard the suspect state that he had been shot as he ran across the parking lot,” Sgt. Carl Williams.

Police believe that one suspect could be in critical condition based on the large amount of blood found outside the store. An alert has been put out to local hospitals for a gunshot victim.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the dispensary’s doors locked.

“They broke the front glass door and found the victim alone in a back room,” Sgt. Williams added.

Detectives were trying to access security camera footage, but employees were not cooperating with the investigation as marijuana dispensaries are illegal in San Bernardino.

“It’s very frustrating. I mean I just think if it was your loved one in there . . . we could do our job a lot better if everyone would be cooperative with us and just give us the information,” Lt. Rich Lawhead said.

Monday night’s incident was the second fatal shooting to occur in the strip mall within a year.

In July 2014, a 28-year-old man was shot in the back and police have yet to make an arrest in the case.




PITTSBURGH PA Feb 18 2015 Police responded to a shooting at a nightclub in the city’s Homewood section at around midnight and found two security officers suffering from gunshots.
According to police, they received a call of people shot at the Rendezvous Phase III club and found one security officer shot multiple times and a female security shot once.
Harvey Scott was charged Tuesday with homicide and a gun violation in the death of Deion Nesbitt.
Police say Scott shot Nesbitt three times and then turned the gun on a female guard when they confronted him about pulling a gun from his ankle.
The female security officer’s condition wasn’t immediately available.
Police said that Scott fled the shooting and crashed near-by. He was treated for minor injuries and then arrested and taken to the police headquarters.
In March 2014, a man was fatally shot and four customers were wounded in a shooting at the bar.

Houston armored car guard killed during robbery

HOUSTON TX Feb 14 2015
Federal investigators were on the scene of a deadly shooting and robbery until 10 p.m. Thursday night, almost eight hours after it happened.
Three masked men ambushed the Brinks armored truck, which was parked in front of the Capital One Plaza in the 5700 block of Westheimer Road, near the intersection of Chimney Rock.
“We had two guards from Brinks here doing their duties when three masked men approached them, opened fire on one of them,” said Kese Smith with the Houston Police Department. “One of the guards, a second guard fired back.”
That woman, who was the driver of the truck, was trying to protect herself and her co-worker, a man she had worked with side-by-side for many years, her family told Channel 2 news.
Sadly, the partner was hit by the robber’s bullet and died at the hospital.
“My mom, you know, was crying, she was in a frantic state,” said Krystle Reed, the woman’s daughter. “He was like a friend of the family. That’s her friend, she was trying to protect him. She’s a protector.”
Reed said her mom has driven a truck for Brinks for the past 10 years, a job she loved but her family did not. Reed said they always knew it was dangerous and reminded her to wear her bulletproof vest when she left for work every day.
“She needs to get a new job,” Reed said. “It’s just too dangerous.”
Police located the robbers’ getaway car a short time after the shooting, it was only a few blocks away.
Their white, Ford F-250 pickup truck was abandoned in a parking garage. The men were not inside and remain on the run.
Investigators with the FBI and the Houston Police Department continue to investigate. Since the suspects were wearing masks they don’t have any descriptions of what they look like.
It’s unclear if they got away with any money in the robbery.

Detroit security officer shot to death

DETROIT MI Feb 8 2015

Detroit Police say a security officer was shot and killed early this morning.
The off-duty Highland Park Police reserve officer was killed outside of the Opyum Lounge on 8 Mile near Telegraph. He was later identified as Roderick Jones, 33 a military veteran.
Police say that the security guard ejected a couple of men out of the club. Then, police say they waited outside for the officer. When he came out to check the parking lot, they shot at him two or three times, striking him according to police.
A patron saw what was going on and shot back at the two men who were shooting at the officer.
The officer was taken to Botsford Hospital, where he died in surgery.
According to police, all three men involved in the shooting were taken into custody.
Police are not identifying anyone involved in this incident at this time.

North Miami Police arrest suspect in security officer murder


NORTH MIAMI FL Feb 2 2015 North Miami Police have arrested the alleged killer of a security officer who was found shot at his station.
A police spokesperson stated that through forensic analysis, Miami-Dade Police have arrested 21-year-old Loudy Joseph on a first-degree murder charge.
Joseph allegedly shot 30-year old security guard Vinel Lamour at the guard shack located at the Center Court Apartments at 14899 NE 18 Ave. on January 25th.
When officers arrived to the call, they found Lamour on the floor. He was unresponsive, police said.
Crews rushed Lamour to Ryder Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead.

Former Summerville police officer dies in Afghan airport attack


Kabul Afghanistan Feb 2 2015 A former Summerville police officer was identified Saturday as one of three Americans killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan.

Matthew E. Fineran, 42, was fatally wounded Thursday in a shooting at Kabul airport, according to a news release from Praetorian Standard, Inc., a government contractor. The attacker, who was reportedly dressed in an Afghan uniform, was killed at the scene.
Fineran previously worked as a K-9 handler with the Summerville Police Department from 2000 to 2004, Capt. Jon Rogers said.

Also killed in the shooting were Walter D. Fisher, of North Myrtle Beach, and Jason D. Landphair, of Fayetteville, N.C., the release said. Bradley A. James, of Atlanta, was wounded in the shooting. He was being treated Saturday for injuries that were considered serious, but not life threatening.
“These brave men died protecting their fellow Americans. They are heroes, and we are deeply saddened by their tragic deaths,” Praetorian’s Executive Director Richard Davis said in the release.
Davis, who referred to the shooting as a terrorist attack, served as a command sergeant major in the U.S. Army’s Special Operations community prior to heading Praetorian.
The contracting company specializes in a variety of military efforts that include specialized logistics and security, according to its web site. Praetorian is based in Fayetteville, N.C., with additional offices in Virginia, Maryland, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the globe.
The families of the victims have been notified of the deaths. Representatives from the contracting company are assisting them during this difficult time, the release said.
“The families have requested that their privacy be respected as they deal with the loss of their loved ones, including at the funerals, which are pending arrangement,” the release said.
Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Friday that the men who died were Defense Department contractors, but the circumstances of the attack were under investigation, The Associated Press reported.
Kirby expressed sympathy for the families of the victims and said the shootings are “a tragic and grim reminder that Afghanistan still remains a dangerous place in many ways.”
The U.S. has 10,600 troops training and advising Afghan forces, but the U.S. combat role ended last month.
In Afghanistan on Friday, a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, identified the attacker as Hessanullha from Laghman province. He said the Taliban fighter had infiltrated the ranks of Afghan forces to stage the attack at Kabul’s international airport and wore an Afghan police uniform. The attacker was killed at the scene.
Kirby said he could not confirm or deny that the Taliban played a role in the attack.
The attack remains under investigation. Further details will be released by the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the release said.