Dangerous work: Deadly force used by nightclub security professionals

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Here is another media story on the potential peril of security professionals, who are oftentimes on the front lines of situations that involve lethal force. The story's headline, "Deadly shootings highlight dangers of security guard work," appears to imply some revelation on the part of the media.  -- IFPO

by Robert Price, News 4 San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - The medical examiner has identified the man shot and killed by a security guard outside a party venue on the Northeast Side over the weekend.

Police say Frank Barrett, 36, pulled out a gun and opened fire on the security guard after he was asked to leave the party at a rented ballroom on Naco Perrin Boulevard. We're told the guard returned fire, killing Barrett in the parking lot.

This was the second deadly shooting involving a security guard in the span of a week.

Two Saturdays ago, a man was kicked out of Club Essence north of downtown. Police say his friend, Alfredo Morales, 45, put the club's security guard in a choke hold. The guard managed to reach for his gun and shot Morales, who later died.

"It's scary," says security guard Christopher Romero. "It's nerve-racking."

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Working security at San Antonio bars, Romero has seen it all.

"Brawls happen inside of bars," Romero says. "I've witnessed individuals pulling out knives. I've heard gunshots in the parking lot where they've pulled guns."

But the recent spate of bar violence gives even him pause.

"I guess you go into work and you know that it's a possibility that it could happen," he says with a shrug. "But you never want it to go that far."

He says security guards have to make quick decisions, especially during situations where they are outnumbered by the bar patrons.

"They don't have time to react and call 911," Romero says. "They have to handle business right there."

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