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Man shot by volunteer security guard

A volunteer security guard at Dick Martin RV Storage in Phoenix shot a trespasser in the back on Thursday evening.

The security guard, Marion Beauchamp, age 77, is not an employee of the RV lot. He lives in an RV on the same block as the storage facility.

"He's not even a contractor," said Terrie Claflin, an owner of the RV lot. "He does this out of the goodness of his heart."

The trespasser, William Daniels age 23 of Medford, was inside the RV yard when he was spotted by Beauchamp, according to police reports.

Beauchamp told Daniels to stop or he would shoot him. Daniels kept walking and Beauchamp "shot the victim once in the back with a .22 caliber revolver," according to a police press release.

Beauchamp told police he was aiming for the man's rear end, but accidentally aimed too high.

Sheriff Mike Winters said security guards, whether employed or not, are not empowered to shoot people who do not obey their commands.

"Night watchmen are in no way, shape or form able to take a pot shot at a suspect," Winters said. "Even if he was trying to shoot him in the butt, you don't have the option of trying to wing someone. This is not the Old West."

Beauchamp did not report the incident to police. Police learned of the shooting when a resident of the area reported person moaning near their patio according to the press release.

Winters said the Daniels, who was taken to an area hospital and is in stable condition, apparently climbed over a fence and into a neighboring yard. He is being charged with possession of methamphetamine, which police found on him. Beauchamp is being lodged at the Jackson County Jail on charges of Assault 1, a felony. "Deadly force was not justified," Winters said. "I think [Beauchamp] believes it was."

Winters said the proper procedure would have been for Beauchamp to call the police.

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