Grand jury clears security guard in local bingo hall shooting

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The McLennan County Grand Jury on Wednesday declined to indict a security guard in connection with a shooting outside a local bingo hall that resulted in a suspect’s death.

The grand jury determined that the shooting that involved security guard Jimmy Parker was justified.

Parker shot Juan Marcus Howard, 35, on Aug. 3 outside the Buckeye Bingo Hall after Howard tried to take Parker’s weapon.

Parker was working for Pro Security Group and was providing security at the bingo hall during bingo games.

Howard was well known to law enforcement officers having been convicted of the robbery of a Waco Genco credit union in 2001 in federal court for which he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

He then was found in violation of his parole in April 2014 and was sent back to federal prison for 12 more months, federal court records show.

Howard attacked the security officer a struggle ensued over the officer’s weapon, and during the tussle, Parker was shot in the left hand, authorities said.

Parker then regained control of the weapon and shot Parker in the upper torso.

Parker died at the scene and Howard was taken to a local hospital.

Parker was dressed entirely in black and was wearing gloves when he confronted Howard, police said at the time.