EDMONTON— Sometime after midnight on Friday, Sapphira Nuttall, a volunteer with University of Alberta Safewalk, entered HUB, a collection of student residences and shops that spans more than a city block. At the very north end, she peered into a locked room behind a series of TD Canada Trust ATM machines. Inside were three security guards, blue-suited employees of G4S Security, who had arrived a few minutes before to make a delivery.
Ms. Nuttall looked in horror to see two dead guards locked inside the room, a third injured and screaming for help.
“Tonight, a friend and I discovered 3 shot security guards,” she said on Twitter. ‘‘Worst night ever.”
A fourth guard was found dead outside the building. They had been murdered in a robbery — and Edmonton police said Friday that the murder suspect was one of the security firm’s own, and issued warrants for the arrest of Travis Brandon Baumgartner, 21. He had been on the job three months, had trained for weeks in the use of a firearm and, according to a friend, was excited about the work, a short step away from his goal of ultimately becoming a police officer.
Re: 1:19 pm link — Matt is being beaten up in the comment area and I disapprove. Many years ago, while working at UWO, I had quite a “go around” with university officials over their “piss poor” security arrangements.
I won’t go into all the details but I noted how threadbare the situation was and quite surprisingly the university heard me and more to the point acted on my recommendations. Today said university (to the best of my knowledge) employs a full fledged on campus police force trained at the Aylmer Police College (OPC) and equipped to handle these types of calls.
Their on campus banks were just one of the security problems I noted. There were many more.
I support Matt as far as he has gone but it isn’t nearly far enough. I recommend that all universities take the present situation under advisement and if required solicit advice from UWO. They won’t regret it.