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Saturday, Sep 24, 2016
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Youth fatally shot by security guard at Lakeland apartment

A 15-year-old youth was shot and killed by a security guard at a Lakeland apartment complex early Saturday after the teen fired what turned out to be two pellet shots into the guard’s face, police said.

Stephen Brenor died Saturday, according to the Lakeland Police Department, who also said that Brenor was a “documented associated gang member.”

At approximately 4:46 a.m. at the Willow Glen Apartments, 929 N. Gilmore Ave., 19-year-old Shawn Plain, an armed security guard, was in the complex’s laundry room charging his cellphone, police said.

Plain told policemen that a young black male entered the room with a handgun pointed at him and felt two stinging sensations on his face. Plain said he saw several other people looking into the laundry room, with several holding handguns.

Plain drew his weapon and chased the individuals into the parking lot, police said. The individuals continued to point their weapons and then fled as Plain took cover. Plain, who said he was in fear for his life, fired his weapon, police said. One of the shots hit Brenor in the back of the leg and he fell to the pavement, along with a Ruger pellet gun he had been holding, police said.

The other suspects fled the area and were not apprehended. Plain returned to the laundry room to retrieve his cell phone and call 911. When Plain returned to parking lot, Brenor asked him to call an ambulance and apologized for shooting at him, police said. He died later.

Plain was transported to Lakeland Regional Health and treated for two pellet wounds to his face. Police said an investigation is ongoing.

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