Man Killed In Confrontation With Lauderdale Lakes Guard
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FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – One man is dead after a confrontation with a security guard in a Lauderdale Lakes parking lot.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said just around 3:15 a.m. they received a call about a shooting at the Whispering Palms community in the 4500 block of NW 36th Street.
When deputies arrived they determined that two of the neighborhood’s security guards, who were off duty at the time, were coming home and they got into an argument with a man parked in the lot playing loud music. When the guards asked him to turn down the music, he reportedly refused.
“The two men exited the vehicle, approached the man and asked him to turn down the music,” according to Broward Sheriff’s spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion. “The man got into a confrontation with one of the off duty security guards and the second one shot the victim, he was pronounced dead on the scene.”
Some residents of the apartment building adjacent to the parking lot were surprised to find police and crime scene investigators in the lot when they woke up.
“I’m shocked by what happened,” said Theresa Thomas. “My daughter was by her window and said ‘Ma come down, something has happened’. So we come down and I’m like ‘Oh God’ because the only thing I could of was that somebody was dead.”
Hours after the shooting, the head of the security company the men work for arrived at the apartment complex to find out what had happened.
“We don’t have any hotheads, our job is to protect the property and the people on the property. So if something like this happens, we have to feel threatened,’ said Dimitri Bellegarda with YMP Realty.
“Taby”, who said she was the roommate of the man who died, said his name was “Sebastian” and he was 22-years old. She told CBS4’s Marybel Rodriguez that she didn’t believe the guards’ story about what had happened.
“That doesn’t give them good enough reason. For him to be shot in the back for playing loud music. The neighbors said they didn’t hear any loud music, but they heard the gun shot. Now if you were able to hear the gunshot, you should have heard the music as well if it was just that loud,” said Taby.
Sheriff’s investigators said the off duty guard had a concealed weapons permit and both men have been cooperating with the investigation.
“I feel devastated because in the 17 years of the job, we’ve never actually experienced anything like that with any of my people,” said Bellegarda.
Taby said Sebastian had lived in the apartment complex for about five months. The sheriff’s office has not said if Sebastian was armed at the time he was shot.