Security guard Kanisha Spence pulled out her 9mm handgun when confronted by belligerent patrons at the Royal Farms convenience store on Washington Boulevard near Carroll Park in southwestern Baltimore early Sunday morning.
The man briefly leaves the premises after Spence threatens him with a gun. However, according to police, he returned but was still exhibiting disruptive behavior and screaming.
According to police reports, Spence drew his weapon again, walked towards the man and shot him in the head. She was arrested hours later on charges of attempted murder and other charges. A man is hospitalized in critical condition.
The shooting is the second time in recent weeks that Baltimore security guards have released their weapons while at work. last month, CVS security guard In Harbor East, a man shot an officer in the face after approaching him with a hypodermic needle.
Court records show Spence, 43, is being held without bail pending a December 1 court hearing. Baltimore police announced her arrest on Tuesday.
She was working at Royal Farms early Sunday morning when a man entered the store and got into an argument, according to the indictment. Police said Spence kept refusing to let her go, so she pulled out her gun for the first time.
When he “tried to confront Ms. Spence again,” she pointed the gun at him again, according to police.
Later, while the man’s female companion was detaining the man in the store’s entrance area, police said Spence had stepped forward toward him, pulled the trigger, shot him in the head, and knocked him down. .
When officers arrived on the scene, they found the man lying in the doorway with a gunshot wound.
According to the indictment, detectives later questioned Spence, who said he shot him for lunging at him. The attorney representing Spence is not yet listed in the online court records.
It was she who moved toward the victim before pulling the trigger, police said, adding, “There was no other indication that she was afraid for her own safety during this exchange.” rice field.
A convenience store employee declined to comment, and a spokeswoman for Baltimore-based Royal Farm Chain did not respond to a request for comment.
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The police listed her as a Maximum Protection Security employee, but the Maryland State Police Roll for State Security Services lists Owings Mills Maximum Protection Services Security Survey and Bowie Maximum Protection Services and Loss Prevention. Both did not respond to requests for comment.
State police, which certifies state guards, confirmed Tuesday that Spence is in their system. She first applied for certification in December 2019.
Snyder said authorities had no information as to whether Spence was involved in previous shootings.
He said that if a security guard were charged with a criminal charge in connection with the shooting, it would not automatically lead to disqualification. In some circumstances, an emergency stop may be issued, such as when we determine that emergency measures are essential. That decision will be made after consultation with lawyers, Snyder said.
Security guards in Maryland face no standardized training requirements.
To apply for certification, an applicant must be a current employee or applicant for a licensed security agency and be “of good moral character and reputation,” according to the state’s website.
Agencies may refuse certification to anyone who commits fraud or deception in obtaining certification, and to anyone who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor related to their “fitness and qualifications” as a security guard. I can.