MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The security guard who allegedly shot and killed a man over loud music at Kroger gas station over the weekend is a former police officer.
A spokesperson with the Horn Lake Police Department confirmed that Gregory Livingston was employed as a police officer with Horn Lake from August 1998 until he resigned April 2001.
According to Memphis police, Alvin Motley was shot and killed after an argument over loud music.
A national civil rights attorney is set to represent Motley and his family.
Ben Crump announced he was retained by the Motley family.
Crump said in a statement:
“My heart breaks for the Motley family as they grieve the tragic and preventable loss of Alvin. Kroger and companies that employ security have the ultimate responsibility to train and equip their employees and contractors on de-escalation techniques, similar to the training we’ve been advocating for law enforcement officers. There is no reason that a Black man trying to gas up his car should lose his life because his music was louder than what a security guard prefers. There is no question in my mind that this crime was racially motivated and a white person playing loud music in similar circumstances would be alive.”
Memphis Police responded to the Kroger fuel center in the 6600 block of Poplar Avenue for a shooting Saturday evening.
Livingston, a security guard at Kroger, told officers that he had shot a man.
Officers located a man laying on the pavement, unresponsive, near a fuel pump with a gunshot wound, police said.
An affidavit stated that Livingston drew his weapon and fired a shot at Motley that hit the victim in the chest after an argument over loud music.
A witness identified Livingston in a line-up as the one who shot the victim.
The security company sent the following statement:
We are aware of an incident that occurred at the Kroger Fuel Center in Memphis on August 7 involving one of Allied Universal’s off-duty police officers (ODO). We are currently conducting an investigation and are working closely with law enforcement agencies. At Allied Universal, our number one goal is to ensure that we uphold high standards of security services within our communities with care and professionalism. Since this is an on-going investigation, we are unable to comment further at this time.
Crump, the Memphis branch of the NAACP president Van Turner and Tennessee Senator Katrina Robinson will have a press conference tomorrow at the Mt. Olive CME Church.
Kroger issued the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened, extremely angry and horrified by this senseless violence. Our hearts are with the Motely family. This tragic incident involved a third-party contractor onsite to provide security services at our Poplar Avenue Fuel Center. We ask all third-party contractors to respect and honor our core values which include respect, diversity, and inclusion. We want to thank the Memphis Police Department for their swift action. The only outcome we seek is justice.”
Livingston was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, court records show.
He was advised of his rights, which he invoked and refused to give a statement, court records show.
FOX13 is digging deeper into the suspect’s previous employment history. We’ll have LIVE COVERAGE tonight starting on FOX13 News at 5 p.m.
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