Armed security patrols apartment complex after shooting of maintenance worker

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by Steve Bodinet

azfamily.com

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 3:22 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After 50-year-old Douglas Elliott was gunned down on Dec. 3, the Glendale Commons apartment complex hired armed security.

Those armed security guards now patrol the complex, including the parking lot where Elliott was shot to death last week.

Still for Michelle, a resident who would only give her first name, it's too little too late.

"I've lived her 13 years, but now I'm moving because of the shooting," she said.

Michelle added that she just doesn't feel safe at the complex, which is on Bethany Home Road just east of 67th Avenue.

She's upset that it took the killing of an apartment complex employee for management to finally hire security guards.

Others 3TV talked to Monday feel much safer since additional security has been added.

"I've always felt safe here," David Truelove said although the shooting occurred just outside his apartment.

Truelove said violence can happen anywhere in the Valley and he plans on staying at the Glendale Commons complex.

On Friday, Glendale police arrested Theodore Montgomery, 18, and an unidentified juvenile in connection with Elliott's murder.

Elliott's son, also named Douglas, said even though those arrests have helped add a sense of closure for the family, losing his father has still left a huge void.

"This was always everyone's favorite holiday," he said, referring to Christmas. Now he said this time of year will always be a sad reminder of his dad's death.

Donations can be made in the name of Douglas Elliott at any Wells Fargo branch to help the family deal with his murder.

Elliott's family also wants to thank Glendale police and anyone who may have given information that led to last Friday's arrests.

"At least now no other family has to go through this," Elliott's son said. He adds, "It could happen to anyone, but now it's happened to us."

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