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  • GRANTS PASS

    RCC security guard who fired gun had similar incident

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  • An armed security guard who said she fired her gun at a man who attacked her as she patrolled Rogue Community College west of Grants Pass last month — and also reported a strikingly similar incident in Cave Junction last fall — no longer works at the campus.
    "She's no longer assigned to RCC," college spokesman Grant Walker said of 37-year-old Venis Hollinshead.
    He said he couldn't say whether she still works for Tac-One Security, the company contracted to provide security services for the community college.
    A Tac-One spokesman declined to comment on the status of Hollinshead's employment, saying the incident remains under investigation by Oregon State Police.
    Hollinshead also goes by "Angel," and someone using the name Angel Hollinshead posted on a Cave Junction community Facebook site earlier this week that she was looking for a job. The post states that she is an armed and certified security officer and lives in Cave Junction.
    "I will come out to your location and check the area and give you a reasonable quote," the post reads. "I love this community and want to protect it."
    Hollinshead told state police she was standing outside on the Redwood campus at about 10:15 p.m. on July 29 when a man came up behind her and hit her in the head. According to her account, the man tried to grab her gun as she attempted to pepper-spray him, and as he ran away she fired to shots at him.
    In a separate case in September, Hollinshead called police to report that three men had assaulted her while she was patrolling a Cave Junction-area construction site for Concierge Home Watch, her former employer. She told investigators that she fired her gun at the assailants in that incident, too. The owners of that company now say they believe Hollinshead fabricated the incident. A call to Hollingshead's home was unanswered as of press time.
    Tac-One, based in Portland, is on a new contract with Rogue Community College and began providing security services at its campuses in Grants Pass, Medford and White City in early July.
    Brandon Smith, president of Tac-One, previously would not say how long Hollinshead was employed by his company. The state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, which licenses private security companies and individual officers, said it had not been notified that Hollinshead changed employers.
    "Tac-One is still our security contractor, and the safety of our students and staff is our top priority," Walker said Thursday.
    Reach reporter Melissa McRobbie at 541-474-3806 or mmcrobbie@thedailycourier.com.
     
     

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