Tyrus: Police-Involved Shooting Death of IL Security Guard 'Strikes Close to Home'
Fox News contributor and pro wrestler Tyrus reacted to the shooting death of an Illinois security guard at the hands of a police officer called to the scene on reports of shots fired.
As Fox News reported earlier this week:
Jemel Roberson, 26, a church organist who wanted to become a police officer, was holding a man “on the ground with his knee in his back," while holding a gun following a shooting at Manny’s Blue Room in Robbins, witnesses said.
When police arrived at the scene, one of the two officers fatally shot Roberson – who was wearing a hat with "security" across the front, the family attorney said.
“Everybody “is screaming out, ‘He’s a security guard,” witness Adam Harris told WGN-TV.
Roberson was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to a hospital. Four others were shot and wounded, including a man who police believe fired a gun before police arrived, Cook County sheriff's spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said.
Roberson, a father of a 9-month-old boy, was licensed to carry a firearm, Ansari said.
Tyrus, who Dana Perino said was previously a security guard for rapper Snoop Dogg and prior to that, a bouncer, said the death "really struck close to home."
"Many nights, we held guys down with weapons and waited for sheriffs to come," he said, recalling his days working at clubs. "[Police] would ascertain the situation and question witnesses. A lot of times it's really a handoff [of the suspect]."
Tyrus said that Roberson was the "good guy with a gun" that Second Amendment proponents speak of: "He did his job better than the police officer did. He took down an armed man without firing his weapon [and] probably saved lives."
He said that Roberson effectively "died in the line of duty."
"This shouldn't happen," he said, adding that he does not want to assume every officer is bad -- but that he views the man's death as an "accidental murder."
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