Police: Florida Publix security guard shot intruder in the back

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Andre Gray

Broward Sheriff’s Office

Surveillance video shows the security guard who killed an intruder at a Hollywood Publix had shot the man in the back as the man walked away after hitting the security guard, according to an affidavit from ‘arrest.

Hollywood police say Andre Gray of Lauderhill, charged with manslaughter with a firearm, also told detectives at the scene of the June 10 shooting that he did not attempt to provide first aid for the man was still breathing.

But when Gray learned the man was dead after being taken to Memorial Regional Hospital, detectives say he cried: “I didn’t mean to shoot him!” That’s life! I never meant to hurt him!

READ MORE: A security guard shoots a man at a Hollywood Publix as the store closes.

Online court records show Gray was released from jail after posting $100,000 bond on Friday.

Gray told detectives he had been a security guard for 20 years. Those 20 years include a no-contest plea to felony battery by domestic strangulation and misdemeanor battery in August 2011. Grey’s sentence included counseling, forfeiture of his gun, one year of community control probation and two years of state probation. He still owes Broward County $1,040.62 in this case.

Closing time at Hollywood Publix, June 10

Gray wore the Cambridge Security uniform and said the Publix at 1740 Polk St. had been his post since last July. Gray said that after the store closed at 10 p.m. on July 10, as he opened the doors to let a customer out, a man walked in and said he wasn’t leaving.

The affidavit says surveillance video shows the man slapping Gray at 10:03 p.m. as he walked past him on his way to the customer service desk. When Gray arrived at the customer service desk 22 seconds later, police say the video shows the intruder yelling at Gray and then punching him in the face.

The man then “walked away looking at Grey”.

The affidavit states that two seconds after the punch, Gray drew his 9mm pistol and chambered a bullet. A second later, he fired. According to the affidavit, the Broward medical examiner said the bullet entered the rear left shoulder, “traveled left to right, tore through the heart, and exited the right nipple.”

Detectives say Gray told them “he shot him because it’s his job to protect people in the store and he didn’t know what the victim would do to others in the store.”

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