Here is another example of a security officer as a first responder -- he's on the front lines in a potentially dangerous environment, and it certainly played out that way recently. It appears as though he responded swiftly and did what he could. Facing the situation head-on, he was able to get one child to safety and returned to attempt to diffuse the incident, because there were more children still in danger. When his life was threatened, he neutralized the threat. The unfortunate outcome was that an individual lost their life.
In the wake of this incident, there may be criticism of a perceived lack of training in handling those in "mental crisis" but in an unstable and potentially incident, critical decisions have to be made in a split-second. More and more, we are seeing security officers make those decisions because the reality is police cannot be everywhere, all at once. And with a nationwide decrease in the ranks of police, along with legal precedent that police do not have a duty to protect individuals, there will be far more of these incidents in the future.
Let's get these security professionals the training they need.
HOUSTON TX July 2 2019
Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a woman by an apartment security officer.
Houston police said that an apartment complex security officer responded to a female resident who was beating the wall with a sledgehammer.
During the incident, the security officer tried to diffuse the situation according to witnesses and police.
"He came in to help," explained HPD's Lt. Larry Crowson.
According to investigators, there were two sisters and four children under the age of 7 inside an apartment.
One of the women went into what Crowson described as a "mental crisis."
She allegedly had a sledgehammer and was banging on the wall. Her sister went to the security guard for help.
He told police he tried to reason with the woman and was able to get one child out and to safety.
"He then went back up and tried to get the other two children out because he feared for their safety," Crowson said.
"He went up. The sister who was in crisis had a baseball bat, chased him out into the stairwell, struck him a couple times with the bat.
At that point, he was in fear for his safety. He drew his pistol and fired one or two shots and struck the sister."
Police responded to the Park at Sutton Hill Apartments at 11911 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd around 3:45 p.m.
The woman was rushed to the hospital, where she died.
The security guard is cooperating with police. He has been interviewed.
Police say this case will most likely be referred to a grand jury to determine whether anything criminal happened.
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