Security Guard Charged with Murder

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MIAMI -- June 10, 2012

A security guard has been arrested after police say he shot two men outside a club, killing one of the victims.

Lukace Shane Kendle was charged Friday with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the June 1st shootings.

Police said the 26-year-old shot the two men because he felt threatened.

Kendle told police he was working at the club when he saw Michael Smathers and Kijuan Byrd parked in a truck rolling marijuana cigarettes.

According to an arrest warrant, he heard someone shouting and saw Smathers jump out of the vehicle. That's when Kendle allegedly shot Smathers about four times and then fired at Byrd while Byrd was hiding under the truck. He died at the hospital. Authorities said he was shot 11 times. Smathers is in critical condition.

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