Jan 19 2010
By: Brett Davis/Staff
PRIVATE OFFICER NEWS
Authorities are reporting that a security officer has shot and wounded a man who allegedly pulled a handgun on him.
Police said that the incident occurred at a bar on Del Paso Boulevard. The security officer was forced to defend himself after a patron assaulted him and pulled a gun on him early today, Sacramento police said.
Police said that the man who was wounded in the 1:23 a.m. shooting then fled the scene and police are still looking for him.
Authorities also did not provide any information on the security guard or the name of the bar.
The bartender working late this afternoon at The Silk, the only bar on the 1000 block of Del Paso Boulevard, said he didn’t know anything about the shooting.
Broadview Security came into existence in June 2009, having formerly been known as Brink’s Home Security. Brink’s Home Security itself was a spin-off of the Brink’s Company, this being their residential and commercial security installing business that they developed alongside the well-known Brink’s cash transport business.
Although very little information has currently been provided, the phrasing says: “announcement which combines ADT and Broadview, two of the premier companies in the North American residential and commercial security industry.” ADT executives were not immediately available to comment.
Wayne Wahrsager, president of New York Merchants Protective Company, the firm that runs the Smith & Wesson dealer program which competes directly with ADT and Broadview Security, says the merger of the two biggest alarm dealer companies will be good for the industry.
“I believe in the long run that it will help the industry,” said Wahrsager. “It eliminates one more player, one more name in the marketplace. For us, particularly, it broadens the ability of our brand to reach alarm companies that wouldn’t do business under the ADT banner. I really think it’s a positive.”
Wahrsager said the move primarily affects the residential security alarm industry, since both ADT and Broadview Security were top players in that space. He said that while ADT has a strong presence in the commercial market place for burglar alarms and security systems, Broadview Security was not particularly strong in that area.
The deal is said to be worth $2 billion.
A conference is scheduled for later today to announce further details.
The 3:39 a.m. accident on northbound Interstate 5 initially shut down four lanes and resulted in a SigAlert, said CHP Officer Jennifer Connolly. The alert was expected to remain in effect until 11:30 a.m., but all but one lane of the freeway was reopened and traffic appeared to be moving normally by 8:45 a.m., she said.
It was unclear whether the accident was weather-related. The injured person was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, but the victim’s condition and identity were not available, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department.
One other person may have been hospitalized, Humphrey said, but no further information was available.
The children’s hospital has ordered 35 vests, which are also slash-proof, at a cost of $29 000. The decision to buy the vests wasn’t taken lightly, says Allan Horsburgh, the centre’s vice-president and chief financial officer. It became easier late last year, however, after a young man was shot and wounded in the hospital’s parking lot.
“If you can have a shooting in a children’s hospital, anything can happen anywhere, any time,” says Horsburgh.
Police say the shooting wasn’t random. It was likely related to ongoing drug wars in Halifax, and the victim just happened to be visiting someone at the centre when it occurred. Still, there is concern that it could happen again and that increased security measures were needed. Drug-related violence, after all, tends to be an enduring problem in many urban areas.
“I think it’s only going to get worse,” says Janet Hazelton, president of the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union, which represents nurses at the centre.
Most of the doctors, nurses and other staff at the centre, along with patients and their families, endorse the hospital’s move to enhance security, says Horsburgh. Hospital management, however, was initially worried about how the facility might be perceived with a phalanx of security personnel walking the corridors in bulletproof vests. In the end, the shot heard ’round the parking lot tipped the balance.
The centre is not the only Canadian hospital attempting to improve security, though equipping security staff with bulletproof vests is not a universal practice. “Some hospitals are doing this,” says Horsburgh. “Some don’t even have security staff.”
Only security staff is being fitted with bulletproof vests at the IWK Health Centre. The centre is not considering expanding the list of personnel who will wear bulletproof vests beyond security. They respond first to potentially dangerous incidents, says Horsburgh, so it makes sense that they be protected. It makes no sense, on the other hand, to equip health professionals with bulletproof vests, he says.
The vests might impede doctors and nurses from properly doing their jobs. The vests also might send a message to patients and families that no hospital would want to send: This is a dangerous place.
The nurses’ union has never pushed for bulletproof vests for nurses during contract negotiations, but the topic of protection for nurses is frequently discussed. The union has had no success in getting its security concerns addressed, according to Hazelton.
“Is this top of mind for nurses? I don’t think so,” says Hazelton. “Should it be? Yes.”
“He had actually gone so far as to position himself under one of the surveillance cameras at the store,” said Dallas police spokesman Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse.
Investigators said it appears the man knew an armored car was about to make a pickup at the West Dallas location.
“For him to loiter outside that particular business, there’s a good chance he may have known there was going to be a delivery,” Janse said.
When the guards got out of their armored car, the robber pointed a gun at one of them and demanded money. The guard dropped the bag, the robber grabbed the money and took off running.
There was a similar robbery last month at a dollar store in South Dallas. It involved the same armored car company, Garda.
That crime also happened in broad daylight and the circumstances are almost exactly the same.
“There are some similarities that we will definitely take a look at,” Janse said.
In Monday’s robbery, the suspect dropped his bag and a beanie he was wearing on his head; they hope that can provide DNA evidence that will lead them to the perpetrator.
A witness saw the suspect jump into a black Cadillac CTS with paper license plates.
The suspect is described as a black male around 25 years old. He’s about 5’-8” tall and weighs 160 lbs. He was wearing a fluffy jacket with a black knit cap and dark pants.
The man was carrying a blue steel semi-automatic handgun. Police say anyone with information should contact the FBI at 972-559-5000.
The case is under investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, the sheriff’s office said. Malone, who was 33, leaves behind his wife, Amy.
Malone worked with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office since October 2002, after having worked for the city of Mobile Police Department.
Malone worked in the criminal patrol division of the sheriff’s office until 2008, when he was transferred to his current position as an investigator in the criminal investigations division, sheriff’s officials. Malone also was a member on the sheriff’s office Emergency Response Team.