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MADISON, Tenn April 11 2012 An apartment complex and security guard are the subject of a state investigation after the officer was arrested Friday night.
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance is investigating why Sean Carter, was allowed to work at Spring Branch Apartments without a valid security guard license.
Friday evening police said Carter approached a car playing loud music at the apartment complex. When the driver refused to leave the property, Carter ordered the driver to the ground at gunpoint. Carter was arrested for possession of a weapon and aggravated assault. He admitted to drinking earlier that night and had an expired security guard license.
Former Metro Police Officer and owner of the Academy of Personal Protection and Security, Buford Tune, said this is just the latest case of a business and security guard violating state law.
“It’s amazing to me it takes someone getting hurt or almost getting hurt before someone says ‘Oh my God’ we have to do something about it,” said Tune.
Tune said if the state required additional training, it would prevent problems.
“You don’t go out working security with a gun and drinking,” said Tune, “It is a complete training aspect. This is the problem there isn’t enough training being given to these people.”
Tune said the business who employs the security guard needs to be registered with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, they need to pay for insurance to cover the security officer and the officer needs to follow conduct laws.
A spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance said that a complaint has been filed about both the security guard and the apartment complex…and the investigation will take several days. No one at Spring Branch Apartments would comment on the situation.
Sean Carter is also a General Sessions court officer. He has also been placed on administrative leave from that position, and decommissioned pending a hearing