A New Orleans security guard at a CVS pharmacy shot and fatally killed a suspect who allegedly drank from a bottle of water without paying for it and then began to beat the guard after being told he was going to jail.
The guard, 62, was unidentified in a New Orleans newspaper report. He was said to have suffered broken teeth and facial injuries.
The suspect, thought to be in his 30s, was killed after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. The shooting occurred shortly before 8 pm Eastern time on Wednesday.
A New York tourist told a reporter that workers had discussed a patron drinking bottled water without paying, then subsequently heard the guard tell the man he was “going to jail,” at which point the patron began to beat the guard.
He was quoted as saying he heard the guard plead to his attacker, “Please stop, or I’m going to have to shoot.”
A second person was listed with other injuries, according to a hospital spokesman.
Police said the victim was trying to steal multiple items from the pharmacy, and that the guard’s response was justified.
“The suspect then began to punch the security guard, fight with the security guard. The security guard’s teeth have been knocked out,” Police Chief Warren Reilly said. “It appears to be a justifiable incident by a 62-year-old security officer who was trying to defend himself.”
A possible second murder also occurred a few hours later at an abandoned New Orleans carwash, where a woman was found dead after another shooting late Wednesday.
Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum worldwide with fresh weekend of protests
From Sydney to London, Paris to Washington, D.C., protesters have launched a global weekend of action to support Black Lives Matter, in many cases defying bans on public gatherings.
Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social-distancing measures, outraged protesters kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality.
The death during the arrest of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in the US state of Minnesota, has brought tens of thousands out onto the streets during a pandemic that is ebbing in Asia and Europe, but spreading in other parts of the world.
Philly police threaten to call in sick during protests after officer charged with assault: report
Philadelphia Police Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna has been charged with assault after a video circulated of him beating Evan Gorski, a Temple University student, during a protest. But according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, his fellow officers on the force are outraged — and may stage a "sickout" in protest.
"John McNesby, head of the city’s police union, came to Bologna’s defense, calling him one of the city’s 'most decorated and respected police leaders' who had to make a split-second call in a chaotic situation," reported William Bender and Jeremy Roebuck. "By Friday evening, talk was circulating about a 'blue flu,' or organized move by officers to call in sick in solidarity with Bologna, as another round of demonstrations, with crowds anticipated in the thousands, was set to take place Saturday in central Philadelphia."
‘These unions dishonor the labor movement’: Nearly 200 academics, lawmakers, and activists demand AFL-CIO expel police unions
"The AFL-CIO cannot stand for criminal justice reform, while at the same time allowing police unions to use your power to impede reform."
A coalition of nearly 200 civil rights activists, academics, and state and city lawmakers is calling on the AFL-CIO—the largest federation of unions in the United States—to permanently expel police unions from its ranks, arguing that organized labor's "proud history" of fighting for the most vulnerable "is being destroyed by the legacy that police unions are leaving behind."