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Guardsman looking to make wearing of bulletproof vests mandatory for its guards

Commander George Overton, Director of Communication for Guardsman Group
 
The Guardsman Group says it is reviewing its bulletproof vest policy after three of its guards were shot by gunmen on Main Street in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth on Wednesday morning.
 
One of the guards later died.
 
He has been identified as 50-year-old Anthony Endem.
 
About 8:15, the guards arrived at the Western Union outlet to deliver cash when they were pounced on by gunmen, travelling in a white car. 
 
A shootout reportedly ensued and the security guards were shot.
 
The would-be robbers escaped.
 
The guards were taken to hospital where Mr. Endem died while undergoing surgery.
 
The other two guards were treated and released.
 
Commander George Overton, Director of Communication at Guardsman, told Radio Jamaica News the money which was being transported by the guards has been accounted for.
 
Responding to queries from Radio Jamaica News, Commander Overton disclosed that the guard who was killed was not wearing a bulletproof vest.
 
He pointed out that bulletproof vests are issued to and worn by "high risk officers". 
 
However, he said Guardsman is now "looking at [its] policies to ensure that the wearing of bulletproof vests is mandatory and not optional."
 


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