Security guard who killed Anthony Warren failed gun test multiple times

2 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, January 25 2018 Jan 25, 2018 Thursday, January 25, 2018 5:02:00 PM CST January 25, 2018 in News
By: Caroline Peterson, KOMU 8 Reporter; Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director
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COLUMBIA – The armed guard who fatally shot Anthony Warren on New Year’s Day failed his firearms test four times before obtaining his license, according to CPD records.

A wrongful death suit filed in the shooting at a Columbia Waffle House names Robert Moses as the security guard who killed Anthony Warren. Also named is security firm Signal 88.

Court documents identified the guard as R.M. The documents said the guard felt threatened by a crowd with Warren in it. That crowd had gathered after two other men had an argument and struggled over a gun that went off.

To become an armed guard in the city of Columbia, one must submit an application and pass a written exam and shooting test. The standards are determined by the police chief.

CPD records indicate Moses passed the written test with a score of 76 percent, and the shooting test with a .45-caliber Springfield XD handgun.

He failed the shooting test four times in a row with a 9mm SCCY CPX-1 handgun prior to passing, according to the records. CPD does not have records for the year 2016. Records from 2017 and 2018 do not indicate Moses’ application was approved by CPD.

According to city ordinance, “The handgun and ammunition used in the qualifying course of fire shall be the same as the handgun and ammunition that will be carried while the applicant is performing his duties as an armed guard.”

Records indicate Moses last applied for his armed guard license — which are good for one year — on Nov. 21, 2017. License records provided for previous years do not list Moses, though CPD is missing some records from 2016. 

Warren's family attorney, Julia Bonham, said they are suing for a very specific purpose.

“We want to make sure Anthony's kids and his family are taken care of now that a father was taken away and can't support them," she said.

In terms of the progress of the case, Bonham said, “ unfortunately we are unable to comment on civil litigation at this time.”

There are 26 "active" armed guards in the city of Columbia. KOMU-8 contacted the city's Business License Administration. Records show Moses first applied for his license in April 2017, and renewed it in November 2017. 

KOMU-8 also reached out to Signal 88, and they were unable to comment at this time. 

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