News Feature | December 14, 2017

Florida Treatment Plant Security Guard Shoots Colleague

Peter Chawaga - editor

By Peter Chawaga, Associate Editor, Water Online

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Often the target of vandalism and theft, some water and wastewater treatment plants employ robust security measures. In Florida this month, those measures seem to have backfired.

“Authorities say a Florida security guard shot another security guard after a dispute at a water treatment plant,” reported the Los Angeles Times.

According to the report, the shooting took place on a Sunday morning in early December outside of the Hollywood Water Treatment Plant. While police were questioning the shooter, no charges were filed immediately.

“Police received the call just after 7 a.m. Sunday morning and arrived on scene to find a male security guard lying on the ground with a gunshot wound, said Officer Christian Lata, a spokesperson for the Hollywood Police Department,” the Sun-Sentinel reported. “Officers found another security guard close by and arrested him, Lata said. Both men were armed.”

The gunshot victim was taken to a local hospital and the severity of his injuries was not clear at first. Both security guards were privately hired, not employees of the city.

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