Police Officer Shoots and Kills Armed Security Guard Who Stopped Shooting at Bar
In Midlothian township, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, 26-year-old security guard Jemel Roberson was shot and killed by a Midlothian Police Department officer over the weekend after stopping two armed men who had opened fire on the bar where he worked. According to witnesses, Roberson stopped the shooting, apprehended one of the suspects, and was detaining him when police arrived and fatally shot him.
Roberson was wearing a bullet-proof vest marked “Security,” say witnesses on the scene, but the fatal bullet hit from the side.
Roberson was planning to take the police exam in pursuit of his dream of becoming a Chicago Police officer, according to WGN.
After security asked a group of drunken men to leave Manny’s Blue Room Bar around 4 a.m. Sunday, witnesses said someone came back with a gun and opened fire. Security returned fire, and according to witnesses, 26-year-old armed security guard Jemel Roberson apprehended one of the men involved outside.
“He had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back like, ‘Don’t move,'” witness Adam Harris said.
Soon after, witnesses said, an officer responding to the scene fired at Roberson — killing him.
“Everybody was screaming out, ‘Security!’ He was a security guard,” Harris said. “And they still did their job, and saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him.”
The good guy with a gun was just doing his job, say witnesses as well as friends and family. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family here.
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