Security firm linked to Midtown shooting been in hot water before
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CREATED Jun. 25, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - That shooting happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Bella Vista townhomes complex.
Police are not saying how it started, or who fired first.
9OYS has learned the security guard works for a Phoenix-based firm with a shady Tucson past.
It was an overnight shoot-out.
"I heard it with my little brothers," said Kassandra Rodriguez.
And it was a frightening first for many in this complex.
"We ran inside, I was like 'run!'" she said.
But it's not a first for the security firm keeping watch: Valley Protective Services.
Back in 2009 at the Circle K on Ajo and Country Club, an attempted robbery gone bad left a teen paralyzed.
That teen was later identified as Daniel Tarango.
His shooter was security guard Joshua Kosatschenko, who worked for Valley Protective Services.
Kosatschenko initially faced attempted murder charges. Those were later dropped and replaced by one count of being a prohibited possessor.
You see, Kosatschenko had been convicted of a felony as a minor.
His right to carry a gun was revoked.
Valley Protective Services missed that in their background check, hiring and arming him anyway.
9OYS decided to revisit that case and got in touch with the then-teen, Daniel Tarango via phone.
He says he's doing as well as can be expected.
His lawsuits against Valley Protective Services, both guards involved in the case, and Circle K have been settled.
He says he's shocked to hear about this latest shooting and just hopes Valley Protected Services has upgraded their background checks since his case.
That's a question we wanted answers to as well.
So 9OYS checked in with the company's Tucson branch, who gave no comment, except to say they are working with police in piecing together this latest shooting, once again involving one of their own.
We also checked with Arizona's Department of Public Safety.
They say Valley Protective Services does have a state license to hire and arm guards, which the law requires.
What we don't know, is if DPS also licensed this particular guard.
Police are not releasing names of those involved in this latest shooting.
9OYS will have more on this story as it becomes available.