Monday, January 23, 2017

Jewelry store employee accidentally shot to death by security guard during robbery


Henderson NV Jan 23 2017 A robbery at the Jared Jewelry store at the Galleria mall ended with a store employee being fatally shot by an armed security officer inside the store.
Police said that the suspect entered the store located at 1071 W. Sunset Road, near Marks Street, just before 9 p.m. Saturday.
A security guard inside the store saw the man brandishing a gun and tried to shoot him. The security guard’s shot missed the gunman and struck the 57-year-old employee, police said.
The suspect fled the store and Henderson police are still searching for the suspected gunman.
The robbery suspect is described as a black man 5 foot 6 to 5 foot 10, weighing about 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red-and-black hoodie, black pants, a black mask and a dark-colored hat or beanie.
Henderson police said the robbery suspect will face murder charges because the woman was killed during a robbery or attempted robbery.
The security guard will not face charges in connection with the accidental shooting, Henderson police spokeswoman Michelle French said Sunday.
The Clark County coroner will release the woman’s name after her next of kin has been notified.
Flowers were arranged outside the closed jewelry store Sunday night to honor the employee who died. A pink, heart-shaped wreath was placed around a handicap parking sign.
Workers at businesses neighboring the Jared reported receiving visits from detectives and seeing strong police presence after the attempted robbery.
On Twitter on Sunday, Jared posted a statement about the employee who died: “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the loss of our team member and extend our sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues.”
Kim Kanary, an Akron, Ohio-based spokeswoman for Jared’s parent company, Signet Jewelers, wrote in an email that the company has reached out to the employee’s family and is cooperating with Henderson police.
“We will continue to do everything possible to support those impacted by this tragic situation,” she said.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call the Henderson Police Department at 702-267-4911 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 to remain anonymous.

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