Thursday, May 24, 2018
Public safety

Police seek tips in death of Tampa security guard

TAMPA — Police are asking for the public's help as they try to determine who killed an east Tampa security guard Wednesday night.

A bicycle was found next to the body of Michael Valentin, 38, a married father of two, who was shot to death while on guard at the Grande Oaks Apartments, according to CIS Security. It is an orange and black mountain bike made by Giant.

Police have revealed few details of the incident, but are searching for the bicycle's owner. Detectives are following some "good leads," said spokeswoman Andrea Davis, and have been working around-the-clock since the guard's death.

"It's tragic: a father and husband, and it's the holidays," Davis said Friday. "He was trying to keep the community safe."

Police say Valentin was armed, but his gun was still in its holster when he died Wednesday evening at the complex off Hanna Avenue.

The agency asks anyone with information about the bicycle or the incident to call officers at (813) 231-6130.

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