By AUSTEN ERBLAT
SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL |
MAR 06, 2020 | 2:33 PM
Julian Antonio Suarez, 55, is charged with possessing a firearm on school property, records show (Broward Sheriff’s Office)
A school security officer was showing a gun to a maintenance worker when the guard accidentally fired the gun, hitting the worker in the face.
The security officer, Julian Antonia Suarez, 55, of Lauderdale Lakes, worked for Kent Security at the Sagemont School in Weston and was not authorized to have a gun on campus, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The security guard took the worker to the Cleveland Clinic after the shooting Thursday and then drove home, said Sgt. Donald Prichard, public information officer for the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The clinic called the Sheriff’s Office about 12:20 p.m.
The maintenance worker was not identified, but is alive and in stable condition according to the sheriff’s office.
Assistant Broward Public Defender Hector Romero said Suarez was not authorized to have the gun at Sagemont School, a private K-12 school, but was scheduled to work a shift later at another school where he was authorized to carry a gun.
Julian Antonia Suarez, 55, of Lauderdale Lakes, is accused of bringing a gun to Sagemont School in Weston, where he worked as a security officer, when he was showing the gun to a maintenance worker and the gun went off, hitting the worker in the face, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. A spokesman for the agency said Suarez was not authorized to have a gun on the campus, but his attorney says he was on his way to a shift at another school, where he was authorized to carry a gun. (Sun Sentinel distributor)
“His job description does have him required to be an ‘armed security guard,’” Romero said in Suarez’s bond hearing Friday morning.
“I believe when he was going to be finished working at Sagemont, he was supposed to be working at JCC, and that’s the reason for the firearm we’re talking about. I think it was a stupid mistake on his behalf, but I believe it was a mistake.”
Suarez has no criminal record, according to Romero.
Bond was set at $7,500, and the judge ordered Suarez not to return to Sagemont School until further notice.
Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue transferred the victim to Broward Health Medical Center, Prichard said. No information about the condition of the victim was immediately available.
A representative for Broward Health was unable to confirm the incident or provide information about the victim’s condition, and a representative for Cleveland Clinic was unable to be reached by phone Friday morning.
Robert Mockrish, headmaster at Sagemont School, said he had no comment when reached by phone Thursday afternoon.