MATA splits with security company after guard shoots man at bus terminal

MATA splits with security company after guard shoots man at bus terminal
Police say a security guard shot a man outside the MATA bus terminal near A.W. Willis and North 2nd Street Friday morning. (Source: WMC5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Memphis Area Transit Authority is reviewing its security measures after a contracted security guard shot a man Friday outside a downtown bus terminal.

Milz Mayhorn, a security officer with Ambassador Worldwide Protection Agency, is now charged with aggravated assault. Police say Mayhorn shot an unarmed MATA customer outside the William Hudson Transit Center near A.W. Willis and North 2nd Street around 7:30 a.m. Friday.

According to an affidavit, Mayhorn followed the man off MATA property while trying to detain him. The guard told police he shot the man because the man wouldn’t follow him to complete his report.

The victim was initially taken to the hospital in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to non-critical condition.

In a statement released Monday, MATA says they have parted ways with Ambassador Worldwide Protection Agency and another company, Global Security Service LLC, is now providing security at the William Hudson Transit Center until further notice.

MATA’s statement also says they’ve launched their own internal review of public safety and security measures and procedures. The review is being led by Dale Lane, formerly the director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness. Following a review of MATA’s current practices, Lane will provide recommendations to "ensure that MATA operates a safe and secure transit system for its customers, employees and the public.

Read MATA’s complete statement below.

“On Friday, November 23, 2018, the Memphis Area Transit Authority operations team was notified that a security officer employed by Ambassador Worldwide Protection Agency (which held a contract with MATA) shot a MATA customer between the hours of 7-8 a.m. at the corner of A.W. Willis and Second Streets near the William Hudson Transit Center located at 444 North Main Street following a verbal altercation.

"Details of this incident have been released by the Memphis Police Department which serves as the lead law enforcement agency investigating the shooting and is also responding to investigation-related news media inquiries. The MATA team is continuing to cooperate with MPD.

"In addition, MATA has launched an immediate internal systemwide agency review of public safety and security measures and procedures. This review will be led by Dale Lane who has a lengthy career in law enforcement and most recently served as the director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness. Lane (who has agreed to assist MATA in a contract role) will review current public safety and security services and practices, provide recommendations to MATA regarding its public safety and security measures and ensure that MATA operates a safe and secure transit system for its customers, employees and the public.

"Effective last Friday afternoon -- as the criminal investigation and internal security review continue -- Ambassador Worldwide Protection Agency is no longer providing security services at the William Hudson Transit Center. The William Hudson Transit Center was the only MATA property secured by Ambassador Worldwide Protection Agency. Global Security Services LLC is now providing security services at the William Hudson Transit Center until further notice.”

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