Security guards common at West Campus parties

Shooting at Sigma Chi house on 27th Street and Nueces Street. Police are searching for 3 suspects. (KXAN Photo _ Justin Hobby)_346647

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The security guard who was shot in his foot at the Sigma Chi house Sunday morning worked for a private company.

The guard who was shot, Edward Leroy Earls, is a guard with Specialized Worldwide Protection.

According to an arrest affidavit, Daniel Magee was partying at the Sigma Chi house when a witness said he had to be removed by the security guard because he was “causing problems.”

The guard asked Magee to leave, but according to court documents he became upset and had to be physically removed by Earls.

Another company that has worked security at Sigma Chi before is Cerberus security.

The group averages up to 5 events a week in west campus. “We are here to protect the fraternity, the party goers,” Kevin Cotton, who is Managing Partner with Cerberus Security, said.

Cotton says it’s his job to make sure there’s no problems at the events they work.

“We don’t believe in single guards. We think every event has to be judged differently and on its own merits every event sometimes may need five guards… sometimes it needs 30,” said Cotton.

UT tells KXAN that students organizations are required to follow city ordinances and it’s up to each group to provide security.

The president of Texas Wranglers, a service and spirit group at UT, believes security is a necessity. They usually hire security guards for one big event a semester.

“We’ve never had a bad thing happen, but it’s always smart just for our own good to have guys there that are sober and watching all corners to make sure nothing is going to be damaged no one is hurt,” Wyatt Stovall, president of Texas Wranglers said.

Earls, who was shot in the foot, was not armed. Cerberus says they also don’t arm their guards, buy they do go through extensive training.

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