Police: School security guard drunkenly waved gun inside Speers gas station
A newly hired school security guard is accused of waving a gun inside the Speers Exxon and shouting, “I shoot to kill.”
Val Smith, 41, of 119 Crest St., Upper Speers, was charged by Charleroi Regional police with recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness.
Smith was allegedly intoxicated when he walked into the Exxon at 12:29 a.m. Saturday, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi.
He allegedly showed three store employees his concealed weapons permit. Smith repeatedly asked the employees to write down his telephone number, saying he “only lived around the corner,” according to the affidavit. He told the employees, “I could be here before the police could.”
Employees told police Smith pulled out a black gun, waved it and yelled, “I shoot to kill.”
Smith was hired as an armed security officer for the Charleroi Area School District, as he has Act 235 clearance to carry a handgun.
District Superintendent Dr. Brad Ferko said Smith had not yet worked for the district because the school year just started.
“It's a personnel issue, so it's something I can't discuss,” Ferko said. “The board has been informed about the alleged incident.”
Smith's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 3 before Hopkins.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or email@example.com.
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