Jim Locker, who worked with Moonlight Security, died from injuries sustained after being shot outside Western Manor Apartments on James H. McGee Boulevard.
Dayton police said Christopher Beatty Jones opened fire on Locker and another security guard. Bill St. Peter survived the shooting.
“He’s been in law enforcement a long time and didn’t deserve what he got,” St. Peter told News Center Seven earlier this week in an interview about the shooting and Locker.
Jones remains in jail on a $1 million bond. He could face additional charges related to Locker’s death.
The other security guard shot, William St. Peter, 54, was still in Miami Valley Hospital. His condition was not listed.
Police said Tuesday that the security guard wearing a protective vest during the shooting was in stable condition and expected to go home soon, while the other guard, shot in the torso, was taken to the hospital in critical condition and had undergone emergency surgery.
Christopher Beatty-Jones, the suspect in the shooting, which occurred around 1 a.m. Tuesday, was taken into custody at his home at 3933 Prescott Ave. shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a felonious assault charge.
The guards were shot when questioning a passenger, Jodi Grigsby, in the vehicle Beatty-Jones had fled upon their approach. Beatty-Jones returned and fired five times at the officers, hitting each one of them once.
Just last week, on March 22, Grigsby and Beatty-Jones were together near the Summit Square Apartments when Grigsby was shot in the arm, according to a police report, which stated Beatty-Jones said he was there to buy $50 worth of marijuana when someone shot at their vehicle.
The guards approached a parked pick-up truck shortly after 1 a.m. in the parking lot of the complex located on James H. McGee Blvd. and police said the male driver fled the scene as the guards advanced towards the vehicle. They questioned a female passenger after he ran off but the suspect returned with a gun and opened up fire on the guards striking both.
Both guards, employed by Moonlight Security, were taken to Miami Valley Hospital where one remains in critical condition. The other, who was wearing a protective vest, is in stable condition.
The suspect fled the scene after the shooting and police are looking for a 21-year-old suspect Christopher Brown described as black, 5-foot-8-inches tall, 145 pounds and last seen wearing a light-colored jacket and dark pants.
Police believe the man and woman might have been the same couple involved in another incident about a week ago at the Summit Square apartments in which the woman in that pickup was shot in the arm. That incident is believed to have centered around a drug deal.
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