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Fells Point security guard shoots man, proposed bill could require all guards to be armed
By CBS Baltimore Staff,
BALTIMORE - Police said a man was shot by a security guard during an altercation early Sunday outside of a bar in Fells Point.
The shooting happened just before 2:30 a.m. near Pie in the Sky, in the 700 block of South Broadway.
The man was taken to the hospital where he is stable, according to police.
Police said during a physical altercation, the security guard fired his gun, striking the man.
The security guard has not been charged.
It's unclear if this security guard is licensed, since it's not a requirement in the state for security guards.
House Bill 1055 aims to make licenses required for security guards in the state. Baltimore Delegate Elizabeth Embry is a sponsor.
"In Baltimore City alone, three security guards have shot and killed people in the last two years," Delegate Embry said. "Two have been charged with murder, the third was determined by the State's Attorney to be a justified shooting."
Other key parts in the bill include required training for certification and re-certifying every three years, and security guard employers would be required to submit use of force reports.
At the bill's first hearing, there was concern this could end up being a deterrent.
"We have a hard time finding cops, sounds like you're having a fairly high standard with rationale and reason behind it, and I kind of don't wanna be stuck in that same issue again with security guards," Delegate C.T. Wilson said.
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