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Alabama: Bingo hall robber shot and killed by security guard in Walker County, Alabama

August 13, 2009

Walker County, Alabama

From the Birmingham News of August 3, 2009

Bingo hall robber shot and killed by security guard in Walker County, Alabama

A Walker County man who authorities say shot up a bingo hall Saturday night during a robbery was shot and killed by a security guard, according to the Walker County sheriff.

William G. Cantrell Jr., 43, was declared dead at the scene after he was shot multiple times by a security guard at It’s Your Lucky Day Charity Bingo at 20 Pineywoods Sipsey Road, Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said.

According to Tirey, Cantrell entered through the front door around 11 p.m., fired his shotgun into the ceiling and yelled: “This is a robbery. Everybody get out of here.” As he headed toward the cashiers’ cages, Cantrell fired more shots at the ceiling, then fired at a cashier’s cage and a safe, Tirey said. As two security guards approached, Cantrell turned his gun toward them and one of the guards shot him multiple times, the sheriff said.

Security cameras captured much of the scene, Tirey said. Authorities also interviewed about 40 to 45 witnesses, he said.

“It is a regrettable situation,” Tirey said. “We’re very fortunate we didn’t have a lot of injuries. The potential was there.”

Tirey said Cantrell arrived at the bingo hall in a vehicle he had stolen a couple of hours earlier. He robbed a Jasper business of the vehicle around 8:40 p.m., the sheriff said.


California: Would-be Walnut Creek armored truck robber flees after guard pulls gun

August 13, 2009

Walnut Creek, California

From the Contra Costa Times of August 11, 2009

Would-be Walnut Creek armored truck robber flees after guard pulls gun

A man tried to rob an armored truck security guard Tuesday morning before running away, police said.

The robbery attempt took place as the armored truck was parked near the intersection of South California Boulevard and Botelho Drive. The story was first reported by the blog, which obtained its information from a police radio broadcast.

At 10:30 a.m., the truck was parked as the guard was making a money pick-up at a business, Lt. Tim Barrett said. A man approached the guard and demanded he give him money. Instead, the guard went to pull out a firearm, and the would-be robber got into a white Dodge Caravan and drove away.

He did not appear to be armed, Barrett said. Police did not have a detailed description of him.

Florida: Brinks security guard fatally shot a would-be robber in Miami, witnesses say

July 26, 2009

Miami, Florida

From the Florida Sun Sentinel of July 25, 2009

Brinks security guard fatally shot a would-be robber in Miami, witnesses say

A Brinks security guard shot and killed a would-be robber who attacked him while he was making a routine stop at a South Miami-Dade health clinic Friday, according to witnesses.

After the 2 p.m. shooting outside the Doris Ison Health Center, 10300 SW 216th St., Miami-Dade police arrested two other suspects after a search of surrounding neighborhoods.

Miami-Dade police have not identified the dead man. Those arrested also were not identified.

“According to investigators, shots were fired when three subjects, armed with firearms, attempted to rob an armored truck crew making a pick up or delivery at the health center located at 10300 SW 216th Street,” a Miami-Dade police statement said late Friday.

One employee of the health center, who did not want to be identified, told The Miami Herald that the shooting took place after the apparent robber attacked the Brinks security guard. The guard, said the witness, then shot the man outside the health center, which remained under lockdown for hours as police officers swarmed the area in search of the other suspects.

Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4 reported that police found the other suspects less than a mile away at the Cutler Creek Town Homes.

They reported that police officers went house to house and then surrounded one home.

Much of the area surrounding the health clinic and the neighborhood near the townhomes was swarming with police officers following the shooting.

La Petite Academy, a day care center on 216th Street in Cutler Bay, was placed on lockdown for hours, with parents not allowed to pick up their children, the station reported.

Maryland: Guard shoots man during attempted grocery store robbery

June 30, 2009

Arbitus, Maryland

From the Cantonsville Times of June 23, 2009

Guard shoots man during attempted grocery store robbery

An exchange of gunfire between a security guard and an alleged robber at the Mars Super Market on Maiden Choice Lane and Westland Boulevard, in Arbutus, Sunday evening left the alleged robber with several gunshot wounds, according to Baltimore County police.

It also left the store, at the Maiden Choice Shopping Center in the 1000 block of Maiden Choice Lane, without some of its front windows — which were boarded up Monday morning.

Neither the guard nor any customers in the store were injured, police said.

At 6:52 p.m. June 21, Jamison Harvey Johnson, 40, entered the store and “announced the robbery,” said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman.

Johnson then walked to the store’s customer service office, where he demanded and was given an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

An armed security guard employed by Mars who was inside the store followed Johnson to the store’s entrance and confronted him, police said.

Johnson, whose address is listed as “unknown” in court records, then shot at the guard, Toohey said.

The guard returned fire and Johnson then ran into the parking lot and got into a green Honda Accord, Toohey said.

As the gunman drove away, he again fired on the security guard, who again shot back, Toohey said.

The car was found a short time later at the end of Wilton Farm Drive, in Catonsville.

Police began searching the area, using a helicopter and a K-9 unit.

A man fitting Johnson’s description was spotted walking along Kenwood Avenue, in Catonsville, with several gunshot wounds by an officer involved in the search at about midnight, almost five hours after the gunfire occurred, Toohey said.

The man was caught after a brief foot chase, police said, and taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he received treatment for gunshot wounds.

Johnson was later charged with armed robbery, attempted murder and two handgun violations — one for the possession of a firearm with a felony conviction.

In 1996, Johnson, then living in the 1800 block of West Pratt Street, in Baltimore, was found guilty of robbery with a deadly weapon, according to court records.

Bail has been denied, and Johnson is being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center, in Towson.

Toohey said another man ran from the store during the incident, which “drew the interest of authorities.”

Police are “checking to see if there is any evidence that can link him to what happened,” Toohey said.

South Carolina: Man Shoots, Kills Robbery Suspect

June 18, 2009

Richland County, South Carolina

From WLTX of June 12, 2009

Man Shoots, Kills Robbery Suspect

Richland County deputies are investigating a fatal shooting at an apartment complex.

The incident took place at 12:01 a.m. Friday at the Colonial Villa Apartments on Garners Ferry Road.

According to deputies, a man was sitting in his car doing paperwork at the time of the confrontation. Deputies say he provides security detail for the apartments.

Deputies say a male suspect approached the car demanding the victim’s handgun; however, deputies say the victim pulled out that weapon and shot the suspect.

The suspect was taken to the hospital where he later died. will post further details as they become available.

Wisconsin: Security guard kills would-be robber, police say

June 10, 2009

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

From the Journal-Sentinel of June 3, 2009

Security guard kills would-be robber, police say

A security guard shot two men who were trying to rob a check cashing business on Milwaukee’s northwest side Wednesday afternoon, killing one and injuring the other, police said.

Ronald Reed, 24, was shot in the back and collapsed in an alley behind the building at 3906 N. 76th St., where he was pronounced dead, police said.

His cousin, Vidal Mason, 22, turned up at a hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was in critical but stable condition late Wednesday.

The men were identified by family members at the scene.

Reed and Mason were arrested in 2005 for committing an armed robbery together, Assistant Police Chief James Harpole said. Both were convicted of two counts of armed robbery in 2006, according to online court records.

The men were armed with guns when they entered Check Into Cash about 3:40 p.m. and ordered everyone to the floor, including the security guard, according to Harpole and a statement from the Police Department.

One man told the other to shoot the guard, who got up and fired shots at both men, according to the statement.

“He felt that he was going to be shot or that someone else was going to be shot, so he took defensive action,” Harpole said.

Reed ran from the store and collapsed in the alley, Harpole said.

Mason also ran from the store and wound up at a hospital.

No one else inside the store was injured, Harpole said. Money taken during the robbery was recovered, said the department’s statement.

The security guard, who is in his 20s, was being interviewed by police, Harpole said. The preliminary investigation suggests the guard was properly licensed to carry a gun on the job, he said.


Texas: Suspect shot by security guard

April 5, 2009

Houston, Texas

From KTRK of April 3, 2009

Suspect shot by security guard

A suspected car burglar is recovering from a gunshot wound after being confronted by a security guard.

It happened in the parking lot of the Kings Best market on Martin Luther King near Old Spanish Trail. We’re told the security guard spotted someone breaking into vehicles.

In the end, the suspect was shot in the leg. That man was taken to a hospital, and the security guard was questioned.

Florida: Would-Be Robber Shot, Killed In New Smyrna Beach

February 8, 2009

New Symrna Beach, Florida

From MSNBC of February 8, 2009

Would-Be Robber Shot, Killed In New Smyrna Beach

A would-be robber was shot and killed Saturday morning in New Smyrna Beach as a store owner was opening up his shop.

The robber was shot twice in the chest by a security guard at the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy Saturday at 10:15 a.m.

Police said the masked robber entered the store at 653 N. Dixie Freeway, put a gun to the head of the pharmacist and demanded drugs.

That’s when the man with the gun was shot and killed by the security guard.

Neighboring store owners said the Medicine Shoppe had heard rumors lately that they were going to be held up, and as a result had hired the security guard.

“It was kind of chaotic,” said neighboring store owner Julie Mokas. “Everyone was peeking out their doors. No one knew what was going on.”

According to neighboring shop owners, the security guard is a retired sheriff’s deputy who is related to an employee of the Medicine Shoppe. However, police would not confirm that.

“They were tipped off that somebody was gonna rob them, and they had an undercover cop sitting in there,” Mokas said.

The shooting is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state attorney’s office but police appear to support the guard’s actions.

“The security guard did what he had to do, and he protected the pharmacist,” said New Smyrna Beach police Sgt. Michael Brouillette.

The pharmacist and one clerk, who were in the store at the time of the hold-up, were not harmed.

The store had been held up twice before. It was robbed in May 2006 and April 2007. Both were armed hold-ups with suspects looking for drugs. Police have not yet released the name of the victim or of the security guard involved in the shooting.

Texas: Police ID suspect killed in bank robbery attempt

December 23, 2008

Dallas, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of December 17, 2008

Police ID suspect killed in bank robbery attempt

Police on Wednesday identified the suspect and the security guard who fatally shot him during an attempted bank robbery in south Dallas.

The suspect in the attempted bank robbery Tuesday was 31-year-old Christopher Sebastian Jones.

Jones was fatally shot inside a bank after exchanging gunfire with security guard Matthew Scott Prindle, 36. Jones entered a branch of Chase Bank and shot at Prindle, who was grazed in the upper body but not seriously injured. Prindle returned fire, striking Jones, who died inside the bank.

Members of a police tactical unit entered the bank after seeing a woman hiding under a desk. Officers then found Jones’ body.

Kentucky: Guard shoots man in store robbery

December 23, 2008

Irvine, Kentucky

From the Lexington Herald-Leader of December 22, 2008

Guard shoots man in store robbery

A security guard shot the alleged would-be robber of a grocery store Sunday night, Irvine police said.

Police would not identify the two men, but Officer Brian Brooks said the wounded man was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment.

Brooks responded to a call at 7:17 p.m. Sunday at Priceless Foods, 1012 Winchester Road in Irvine. Upon entering, he found a man, armed with a small-caliber revolver, slumped over the cash register. The man, in his 20s, then fell to the floor.

The guard had shot the man with a .357 Magnum, Brooks said.