No charges are filed against guard in fatal shooting of man, 23, in Essex

August 23, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

No charge has been lodged in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man by a private security guard at an Essex apartment complex late Friday, but the incident will be reviewed by the Baltimore County state's attorney's office, police said yesterday.

Killed in the 10: 30 p.m. incident was William Simmons, who lived nearby in the 1600 block of Rickenbacker Road.

According to accounts given to police, Simmons approached two guards working for Flagship Security at the Tall Trees complex just after they had stepped out of their vehicles, and asked for a ride.

Simmons then slipped into the driver's seat of one car that had been left running and accelerated as a guard approached, pinning his leg between the two vehicles.

The guard drew his pistol and fired, hitting Simmons in the shoulder, but the bullet penetrated his chest. The guard, whose name was not divulged, did not require immediate medical treatment, police said.

Pub Date: 8/23/98

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