A security guard who shot and killed an unarmed tenant on apartment property will not be charged with homicide, according to a statement from Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s office Wednesday. The fatal shooting was a “clear case” of self-defense, the statement said.
At about 3:00 a.m. on August 27, 55-year-old Thomas McIntosh entered the Freedom Place Apartments in the 1100 block of West Warren, where he was a resident. He was reportedly highly intoxicated and belligerent.
The statement says McIntosh approached a 77-year-old security guard, threatening bodily harm. He had the better of the guard in height and weight.
The guard pulled a registered handgun and held up his other hand in a gesture to stop, but McIntosh continued to close the distance. The guard fired a single shot, killing McIntosh.
The prosecutor ruled that under these facts, the guard could reasonably believe that deadly force was necessary.
The guard’s version of the events was corroborated by two witnesses.