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RICHMOND, Va. – A family is mourning the death of their father, who they said died as a result of injuries sustained when he was tackled by a security guard at an ambulatory care pharmacy.
On Friday afternoon, 64-year-old Phillip Whitaker was waiting on his prescriptions at the VCU Medical ambulatory pharmacy, according to the family. They said when Whitaker’s name was called he walked up to the counter, and was then tackled by a contract security guard working for VCU Medical Center. The family said this is the second time he was called back up, because he needed to correct an issue with his prescription.
The security guard involved in the fatal altercation with a 64-year-old Henrico County man last week at VCU Medical Center was employed by local security firm LEW & Associates Inc., VCU officials confirmed Tuesday.
The guard, who has not been identified, has not been at the medical center since the incident that led to the death of Varina resident Butch Whitaker, a VCU spokeswoman said. Richmond police said the guard is expected to face charges.
LEW guards are no longer in the Ambulatory Care Center, which houses the pharmacy where the incident occurred, according to VCU spokeswoman Pam Lepley. The company’s security officers are still being used at other locations, Lepley said, mainly to monitor smoking outside the hospital building.
Man dies after altercation with security guard at VCU Medical Center
WWBT NBC12 News – Aug 10, 2015
The Henrico man was severely hurt in what witnesses describe as a violent clash with a security guard. Whitaker was a retired carpenter who came to pick up his medicine on Friday, when he got into an altercation with the guard. Eyewitness Vickie Fields …
Henrico man dies after altercation with security guard at VCU
Richmond Times-Dispatch – Aug 10, 2015
On Friday afternoon, Philip Whitaker III was going through the same routine his family said he had followed for years. The 64-year-old carpenter and longtime Varina resident went inside Virginia Commonwealth University’s Ambulatory Care Center Pharmacy …
Police: VCU hospital security guard investigated in death
Washington Post – Aug 10, 2015
RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond police say they are investigating the death of a Henrico County man who was involved in an altercation with a contract security guard at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. The police department says in a news …
64-year-old man dies after altercation with VCU Medical Center security guard
WRIC – Aug 10, 2015
According to police, Whitaker was injured during an altercation with a contract security guard working at VCU Medical Center. When VCU Officers were called to the ACC Pharmacy on Friday, they discovered Whitaker unconscious on the floor with a serious …
64-year-old man dies after family said he was tackled at VCU pharmacy
wtvr.com – Aug 10, 2015
They said when Whitaker’s name was called he walked up to the counter, and was then tackled by a contract security guard working for VCU Medical Center. VCU Officers discovered Whitaker unconscious on the floor with a serious head injury, according to …
VCU identifies company that provided guard involved in fatal altercation
Richmond Times-Dispatch – 4 hours ago
The security guard involved in the fatal altercation with a 64-year-old Henrico County man last week at VCU Medical Center was employed by local security firm LEW & Associates Inc., VCU officials confirmed Tuesday. The guard, who has not been …
Witness says man’s death at pharmacy was ‘unnecessary’
wtvr.com – 6 hours ago
Richmond Police said the security guard did not work directly for VCU, but he was a contract employee. Messages left for his employers have not yet been returned. Police said charges were expected to be filed against the guard. “Philip may not have …