Apartment residents say they’re scared of their own security guards
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man accused of shooting up an apartment with a woman and children inside is behind bars, but people who live at Tulane Apartments say they’re still worried about their safety.
Jenico Burrus was arrested Tuesday. He faces six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of reckless endangerment for the July 7 shooting.
Police say he fired 20 shots into a woman’s apartment while she and her young children were inside.
But residents at Tulane Apartments in Whitehaven tell WREG they still don’t feel safe, and it’s not criminals they’re worried about – it’s the own complex’s security.
Kendra Kirkwood said she and her husband were inside an apartment with their children when security guards for Tulane Apartments burst through the front door.
“As soon as he came out of the bathroom, security stopped doing what they were doing and targeted him, swung on him,” she said of her husband.
Kirkwood said the officers had been responding to another incident outside when they came in unannounced Tuesday night.
She admits her husband fought back in self defense after they hit him. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
But plenty of others at the complex said the security guards, who are employed by War Eagle Security, overstep their bounds.
One resident, Katrina Redmond, said, “You can’t even take care of your business over here. You step out your door and police walk around with shotguns kicking your door in.”
WREG’s crew saw officers with bulletproof vests and handguns, but no high-powered weapons. However, a resident sent us a picture where a security guard appears to be carrying a large gun.
They also told us the guards will stop people’s cars and search them without warrants.
Residents said they want security for their homes, but they want to know their rights are secure, too.
Tony Baker, who has lived in Tulane Apartments for two years, said, “There’s nothing wrong with keeping the peace, but there’s a certain way of keeping the peace, and the way they’re going about it is not the right thing to do.”
A WREG reporter tried talking to management at Tulane Apartments about these concerns. They refused to talk. WREG also called War Eagle Security for comment, but never got a call back.