Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Public safety

Security guard killed at Tampa apartment complex

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TAMPA — An armed security guard, his gun still in its holster, was found dead Wednesday night by a police officer at an East Tampa apartment complex.

The officer already was at Grande Oaks Apartments, 2604 E Hanna Ave., to check out a report called in about 7:40 p.m. by security guards at the complex about the possibility of a fugitive on the grounds, said Tampa police spokesman Lt. Stephen Hartnett.

While the officer was investigating, several people approached him to say they had heard gunshots in the area.

The officer then discovered the dead guard lying on a sidewalk outside the clubhouse, a bicycle nearby, Hartnett said.

The man had upper-body trauma, but Hartnett would not say how he had been killed.

Police also would not say what security firm the guard worked for, but at least two cars with emblems for Critical Intervention Services were at the scene.

Police had not announced an arrest by late Wednesday. They had detained several people for questioning, and several blocks of Hanna Avenue remained blocked while a search was under way.

Wednesday marked the second time in less than two years that a security officer working at a Tampa Bay apartment complex has been killed.

In May 2011, Matthew F. Little, 26, of Brandon was shot at a St. Petersburg apartment complex. Police have accused a gang member of the killing.

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