Suspect dies after opening fire on gentleman's club security

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on December 25, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 27 at 8:59 AM

PHOENIX - A suspect involved in a shooting at a Phoenix gentleman's club died after opening fire on security guards.

Just before 1 a.m. on Saturday, officers responded to a shots-fired call at a gentleman's club on 19th Avenue between Camelback and Indian School roads.

Officers found a security guard who works for the club with multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators discovered that there had been an altercation between two groups of people at the club. The bouncers and security guard broke up the fight and asked those involved to leave the premises.

The suspect, Tekina Latu, 22, became upset and grabbed a handgun, firing several rounds at the security guard.

Some of the bullets struck the security guard's ballistic vest, which police said may have saved his life.

The security guard was able to get his gun and return fire, striking Latu several times.

Amid the gunfire, several customers were frightened and attempted to drive out of the parking lot. At that point, one of them ran over Latu.

Relatives picked up Latu and drove him to an area hospital where he was declared dead.

The security guard was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

After speaking with witnesses, investigators determined the security guard was acting in self-defense. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office will ultimately decide if any charges will be filed.

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