Recently, Adam Villegas, as killed while trying to leave Marathon Sports Bar in Nashville, Tennessee. According to police, a security guard employed by SecurityWise, shot Villegas through the open driver’s side window of his Saturn Ion after the men argued in the parking lot. According to the paper, Holmes told police the victim had a lot to drink and that he was worried Villegas was going to hit him with the car.
Unfortuantly, I have been involved in several cases involving the excessive use of force by a security guard. Although it is uncertain as to whether the use of force was justified in this case it is certainly an event which should be investigated closely. This should also bring to light the incredible lack of regulations as to arm security guards in Tennessee. Tennessee requires only minimal training before a person can become a “qualified” armed security guard. The public would be outraged if our police were allowed to enforce our laws with only a minimal amount of training yet why is there no concern about an armed guards being allowed to protect the public with such limited requirements.
I also believe that it is not only unfair to the public but also unfair to the guards themselves. To give someone a firearm and expect them to natural be able to react appropriately under a high pressure situation is unfair to both the guards and the public.