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UPDATE: Security Guard Killed In E. Spokane Identified: Read Official Press Release

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police have identified the shooting victim from Tuesday night's shooting near the Pacific Plaza Apartments as 26-year-old George Hayek.

Hayek was a security agent for Securitas, a company contracted to provide security at Pepsi. Hayek was patrolling the area last night when police say he got into an altercation with neighbors at the Pacific Plaza Apartments.
 
Hayek pointed a BB gun at the group which returned fire and killed the guard, according to police.
 
Police say Hayek's BB gun looked like a semi-automatic weapon.
 
The case remains under investigation. The BB gun and the weapon which killed Hayek have both been seized by police. The shooter has been identified, but no arrests have been made as police continue to investigate whether the shooting was self-defense.
 
A call has been placed to Securitas seeking comment and clarification regarding their weapons police for guards and agents.
 
KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

 

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting. It happened Tuesday night in the 4000 block of East Pacific in an alley in between the Pacific Plaza Apartment Complex and the Pepsi building.

Spokane police tell KHQ the security guard was in his personal vehicle when he pointed a bb gun at the group. That's when one of the individuals in the group pulled out a gun shooting the security guard. Moments after the shot was fired police say people in the group administered CPR, unfortunately they were unable to resuscitate the security guard who has yet to be identified. At this hour no arrests have been made. We're still awaiting autopsy results and an official press release from the Spokane Police Department.

Anthony Gomes is working on getting more information for you, look for those details here on this web channel and tonight on KHQ Local News at 5 & 6.

 

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

Spokane Police responded to a fatal shooting last night, August 24, 2010, just before 11:00pm, near 4000 East Sprague.

Officers found a 26 year old Securitas Security Officer, George Hayek, in the alley behind the Pepsi Cola building. The shooter was rendering first aid and CPR to the victim when patrol officers arrived.  Sgt. JD Anderson and Ofc. Ron Vantassel took over CPR until medics arrived.  Medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Major Crimes detectives responded and are continuing the investigation. At this time, all involved parties have been interviewed and no arrests have been made.

Police have learned that security officer Hayek was conducting his rounds in the alley behind the building just before 11pm. A group of people socializing in the common area of 4023 E. Pacific engaged in an argument with Hayek.  Words exchanged led to threats, which escalated the argument.  Hayek pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the group.  One of the members of the group fired several rounds at Hayek, striking and killing him.

Investigators have recovered the handgun used by the shooter as well as a bb gun, which is a replica of a semi-automatic handgun,

The Spokane Police Department typically responds to one homicide a month, on average. This is only the third homicide since January, 2010.

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