SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Salem Police say detectives are investigating after a 25-year-old man was fatally shot by a private security guard.
Police say officers responding to a shooting about 3:30 a.m. Saturday found Jose Francisco Moreno in a parking lot. He died at the scene.
Police identified the security guard as 33-year-old Gregory Capwell with Homefront Security. Investigators have interviewed him.
Moreno was previously convicted on misdemeanor charges of assault, theft and animal neglect.
While police have extensive training before going on patrol, security guards need about 38 hours of training.
To legally work in Oregon, armed or unarmed, security guards first have to be certified by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
“We do extensively. in armed training and unarmed training, talk about citizens arrest laws, because, in reality, private security providers have no more authority than a regular citizen like you or I,” said Linsay Hale with DPSST. “It says you can defend yourself or you can defend a third party if there is an imminent risk of deadly force being used against you.”
Hale, the division director, told KOIN 6 News it’s law enforcement and not DPSST that determines any wrongdoing by a security guard.
Capwell, she added, is actively certified as an armed security provider.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.