Security guard Reynaldo Beckford is being praised a hero for tackling a gunman who walked into a methadone clinic in New York and started firing an AR-15 style rifle.
A security guard in Buffalo, New York took down a gunman holding an AR-15 on Nov. 10, according to multiple reports.
Reynaldo Beckford told WKBW that he’s been in the security industry for more than 20 years and went into survival mode when the man came through the front door of the Hispanics United of Buffalo building.
“When I turned, I saw in the corner of my eye… the person and the rifle. That’s all I saw,” Beckford told the news outlet. “I would be lying if I said to you I wasn’t scared for my life. And the first thing that flashed through my mind was my baby, who just turned three years old.”
Beckford said he knew he had to engage the gunman, identified as 48-year-old Jeremy Griffin, after the man wouldn’t take his finger off the trigger.
Surveillance video of the incident can be viewed in the media player at the top of this article.
The video, released by Buffalo Police Department, shows Beckford charge at the suspect before another guard and civilians were able to step in.
Police thanked the two security guards and the two civilians “for heroic actions that helped prevent any injuries,” Storyful reported.
Griffin is now facing a number of charges. Security guard of the clinic Reynaldo Beckford tells 7 News reporter Yoselin Person he sprang into action after seeing the person with a rifle.
“My back was turned to the door, and when I turned, I saw in the corner of my eye I saw was the person and the rifle,” Beckford says. “At that moment, I couldn’t believe what was happening, especially when he let off the first shot, and that’s when I knew that something was definitely wrong.”
Reynaldo says he has worked in the security industry for more than 20 years, and when he had a close encounter with the gunman, he was in survival mode.
“When I had him and the rifle, I started saying Jesus Jesus Jesus, and that’s when he turned back,” the security guard says. “He stopped fighting for a while, and that’s when the other security guard started coming down the stairs.”
Reynaldo says the gunman wouldn’t take his finger off the trigger, so everyone had to put up a fight.
In a video, it shows the suspect was being tackled, and his gun was taken away by what Reynaldo says, a janitor who works at the facility.
“I would be lying if I say to you I wasn’t scared for my life and the first thing that flashed over my brain was my baby who just turned three years old,” Reynaldo says.
The security guard says he doesn’t want to label himself a hero, instead a man just doing his job.
“Because that’s the business I’m in,” he says. “To save and protect, and that’s exactly what I did.”
District Attorney John Flynn says the suspect, 48-year-old Jeremy Griffin, is facing several charges.
“Two security guards and two civilians who, in my mind, took nothing less than a heroic action,” Flynn says. “They did not worry about the safety of themselves. They were concerned about the safety of the people who were around them.”