Private security company gets license suspended by SLED following shooting incident near school

Private security company gets license suspended by SLED following shooting incident near school


WITH A LOCAL SECUIRTY COMPANY SPEAKING OUT AFTER SLED SUSPENDED ITS LICENSE. POWELL ASSET PROTECTION AGENCY WAS HIRED BY THE AIKEN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD TO PROVIDE SECUIRTY FOR THE ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS. BUT DURING THAT EVENT, SHOTS WERE FIRED NEAR THE SCHOOL, AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT LEAD TO THE SUSPENSION. NEWS CHANNEL 6’S STEFANY BORNMAN JOINS US LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM. STEFANY, THE SECUIRTY OFFICERS SAY WHEN THEY FOLLOWED THE GUNFIRE THEY FOUND THAT THE PERSON SHOOTING THE GUN WAS AN OFF DUTY AIKEN COUNTY DEPUTY. PRIVATE SECUIRTY OFFICERS HAVE THE SAME POWER AS DEPUTIES, BUT ONLY IN THE AREA THEY ARE HIRED TO WORK. HOWEVER, THE SECUIRTY OFFICERS LEFT THE SCHOOL GROUNDS TO INVESTIGATE THE GUNSHOTS. NOW THEY SAY, THEY CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY THEIR LICENSE WAS SUSPENDED AND NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE TO THE OFF-DUTY DEPUTY. IN THIS VIDEO OBTAINED BY NEWS CHANNEL 6, A HIGH SCHOOL BAND IS PREPARING FOR THE ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS AT MIDLAND VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL. ALL OF A SUDDEN… — NATS — STUART PRETTEL, A SPOKESPERSON FOR POWELL ASSET PROTECTION AGENCY, SAYS THE LOUD GUN SHOTS CAUSED AN UPROAR AT THE HIGH SCHOOL. SOT: “THE PEOPLE IN THE STANDS, THE SPECTATORS STARTED COWERING, STARTED RUNNING, SOME PEOPLE RAN ACROSS THE FIELD. THEY WERE REALLY SCARED.” PRETTEL SAYS ALMOST IMMEDIATELY THE SECUIRTY OFFICERS WENT INTO THE LINE OF FIRE TO PREVENT ANYONE FROM GETTING HURT. SOT: “AND AT ONE POINT THEY HAD TO DUCK DOWN BECAUSE THE BULLETS WERE FLYING OVER THEIR HEADS, TOWARDS THE SCHOOL.” STANDUP: BORNMAN “50 PRIDE AVENUE, IS WHERE I’M STANDING RIGHT NOW, AND THIS IS WHERE THE SECURITY COMPANY EMPLOYEES SAY THEY RESPONDED TO WHEN THEY HEARD THOSE GUN SHOTS. NOW MY GPS SAYS ITS 1.3 MILES TO THE HIGH SCHOOL, BUT THESE NEIGHBORS SAY THAT RIGHT THROUGH THE WOODS BEHIND ME YOU’LL RUN INTO MIDLAND VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL’S FOOTBALL FIELD.” SOT: “THEY APPROACHED THE PERSON THAT WAS SHOOTING. IT WAS ASCERTAINED HE WAS AN OFF-DUTY DEPUTY. AT THAT TIME HE WASN’T SHOOTING AT THE PEOPLE DIRECTLY TRYING TO HURT THEM OR KILL THEM. SO THE AGENTS WENT BACK TO MIDLAND VALLEY.” AT THE REQUEST OF THE AIKEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, THE SOUTH CAROLINA LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION WAS ASKED TO INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENT. IN THIS LETTER TO POWELL ASSEST PROTECTION AGENCY, SLED SAYS POWELL IS BEING INVESTIGATED BECAUSE ITS OFFICERS DID NOT DISCLOSE WHO THEY WERE, AND POINTED THEIR WEAPONS AT RESIDENTS, ORDERING THEM TO STAND DOWN. SLED ALSO SAYS THE POWELL OFFICERS’ BADGES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ATTIRE COULD BE MISLEADING, AND THAT THE SECUIRTY OFFICERS’ ACTIONS DEMONSTRATE DISREGARD FOR THE POLICIES, PROCEDURES, REGULATIONS, AND STATE LAWS. STILL, PRETTEL SAYS THE AGENTS HIRED BY THE PRIVATE COMPANY ARE RETIRED MILITARY OR FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND HAVE A VAST UNDERSTANDING OF THE LAWS IN SOUTH CAROLINA. HE SAYS MORE THAN THAT, IT WAS THEIR DUTY AS AMERICANS TO SAVE LIVES. SOT: “THIS IS VERY SERIOUS. SOMEBODY COULD HAVE GOTTEN KILLED HERE AND THESE GUYS RAN INTO THE GUN FIRE TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON. IT SOUNDED LIKES A MACHINE GUN.” POWELL ASSEST WILL HAVE ITS LICENSE SUSPENDED PENDING THE OUTCOME OF SLED’S INVESTIGATION. WE HAVE BEEN TRYING ALL DAY TO GET THE INCIDENT REPORT FROM THE AIKEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, BUT INVESTIGATORS THERE SAY WE CAN’T HAVE IT UNTIL SLED FINISHES ITS INVESTIGATION. DESPITE SEVERAL ATTEMPTS, THE AIKEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REFUSED TO PROVIDE US WITH THE INITIAL INCIDENT REPORT. BACK TO YOU

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