ATLANTA – June 26, 2014 – Three security officers in Corpus Christi, Texas refused to be bullied by gangs and guns when trouble broke out in a local shopping mall. Three employees of national security company U.S. Security Associates were on duty at the mall when a major retail store radioed for emergency assistance. The three mall officers responded to the call and were briefed by the store manager on two suspected shoplifters. Undeterred by the sudden appearance of three uniformed security officers, one of the two suspects – a known gang member – brazenly exited the store with concealed merchandise in hand.
He was promptly confronted by the store manager, two plainclothes Loss Prevention Associates, and two of the uniformed USA officers, while the third officer patrolled the upper floor of the store. The suspect not only refused demands to surrender the merchandise and return to the store for questioning, saying that he "wasn't going anywhere," but also called his accomplice and told him to come help – with a gun. Upon hearing this, one USA officer immediately radioed the armed onsite police officer and the security officer patrolling upstairs for backup.
The suspect then broke away and began to flee. Fearing that he was going after a gun, one USA officer pursued and tackled the suspect. The other officers caught up in time to witness the suspect stabbing the officer repeatedly before running from the scene. The injured officer resumed the chase, determined to keep the suspect from reaching a gun. At the property boundaries, police took over the pursuit and apprehended the suspect.
By that time, the injured officer was bleeding heavily from seven stab wounds to his face, stomach, back, and arm. He collapsed as he approached his fellow officers, and his colleague sprang into action, administering first aid as the security officer went into shock on the scene from lacerations to his arm that had damaged a major artery. His fellow officer applied a tourniquet to suppress the bleeding until emergency services arrived.
The wounded officer is now recovering after a series of operations. Though he still faces physical rehabilitation and extensive recuperation from his injuries, he says he is anxious to return to his post.
"We are proud of the teamwork, the training recall, and the dedication to public safety our officers demonstrated," remarks Scott Monistere, the U.S. Security Associates branch manager in Corpus Christi. "The fortitude and endurance displayed by these officers may have prevented a tragic incident at the mall that day."
U.S. Security Associates (USA) is the market-leading, wholly-owned American, full-service safety and security solutions provider. With over 160 locally-responsive offices, international locations and over 50,000 dedicated professionals, they offer the most complete array of physical security, remote surveillance, and global consulting and investigations to ensure better outcomes for thousands of clients and a range of industries. Innovative applications of leading-edge, proprietary technology enable USA to rank annually among the world's best training companies, sustain the highest standards of quality, and underscore world-class customer service with unparalleled accountability. USA's rise as one of the largest innovative security solutions leaders is a natural byproduct of these differentiators and enables the company to provide the most Safe. Secure. Friendly.® environments for people, assets, and brands. For more information, visit www.ussecurityassociates.com.
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