Tulsa Okla Jan 12 2008
A man is lucky to be alive after he says a security guard fired several shots at him. It happened late Thursday night outside the Comanche Park Apartments off 36th Street North.
Waylon Dumas was backing his car out of Comanche Park when police say the security guard fired a gun at him six times. Several shots struck Dumas’ car. Dumas says he went to Comanche Park to visit his grandmother. He says he had stopped by earlier that day and the guard had let him through. But, he says when he came back Thursday night, things didn’t go as smoothly.
I gave him my identification. They held me up for twenty minutes. I told him give me my ID or let me through. They didn’t want to do either, so I was going out heading towards 36th and Peoria when I heard a couple of shots.”
Police say the guard fired six shots at Dumas. “I saw him standing, but I didn’t expect him to shoot,” Dumas says. “He was just standing there and I mean he just started shooting.” The bullets hit the side of the car and shattered his passenger side window. Waylon sped away and drove to Uniform Division North to tell police. “I was just angry,” he says. “I mean, he shot at me. I mean, that was my life.”
Today, the big question remained why? Why would a guard shoot at a visitor? The security company, Wackenhunt Security, would not comment. The Tulsa Housing Authority is responsible for the complex. Chea Redditt is the Chief Operations Officer. She says she doesn’t know what provoked the guard, but she admits it appears he was out of line. “
I know what I have seen so far, it was outside the scope of policy for him to draw his weapon and fire his weapon,” Redditt says. Waylon is on the complex’s ban list. He says it’s because of a family dispute that was resolved. Even so, ban or no ban, Waylon says when he pulled in last night, he didn’t have a weapon, so he doesn’t understand why the guard would shoot at him. “He needs to be punished. That’s all. The same way if I was shooting at someone. It’s no different.” Police have questioned the guards. Now, detectives are investigating the case and Waylon is working with a lawyer. No arrests have been made.
All Tulsa Housing Authority security guards go through extensive state certified training. They also get background checks to make sure they don’t have a violent history. The Tulsa Housing Authority says they have never had an incident like this at one of their complexes and that the guard will no longer be working on any of their properties.