The friend of a North Carolina Central University student shot and killed by a security guard wants answers about his friend’s death.
DeAndre Ballard died more than week ago, and Durham police still haven’t released any specific information on its investigation.
Through pouring raining, Brian Best sat outside, alone, with his sign, protesting the company across the street, N.C. Detective Agency.
“What they’re telling us right now is quite clearly not the truth and we need to get to the bottom of this,” Best said.
Best had known Ballard since high school. Ballard died after being shot at Campus Crossings apartment complex.
N.C. Detective Agency said one of its guards shot Ballard out of self-defense. Best doesn’t believe it.
“We’re not going to be able to bring him back, but we can at least make sure whoever is responsible, faces consequences,” he said.
The state’s Private Protective Services is an organization that issues licenses and registrations to companies and guards. Its public records online show the state has given NC Detective Agency three violations since 2010.
The first came on Aug. 18, 2010. State records show an employee with the company provided false information regarding unarmed guard training certificates. The violation goes on to say the company allowed armed guards to carry a firearm during the course of performing their duties, without first having met the qualifications of the board. The state made everyone get retrained.
Documents show the second violation happened on Oct. 26, 2011, when an employee made a false statement on an application for a license, registration, or permit, or for renewal of a license, registration or permit.
The third violation came on Dec. 12, 2012, when an employee for the company failed to properly register armed guards. Two additional issues as part of this third violation lead to a fine of more than $2,600.
The state tells CBS 17 it’s waiting for Durham police to complete its investigation into Ballard’s shooting before deciding on any potential action against the company.
“In the event that we determine that there was a violation of that statute, then the board may take action,” said Brian Jones, the director of Private Protective Services. “We present the findings of any investigation to the board for their consideration.”
NCCU released a statement that said, in part:
The NCCU police department officers have no jurisdiction or connection with the Campus Crossings apartment complex nor with the security officer involved in the incident. NCCU does not endorse or recommend any specific rental property for students. Additionally, the university does not utilize the security services of the N.C. Detective Agency and does not hire any officers employed with this particular agency.
Read the full statement here.
For now, Best, along with other friends and family, continues to wait for more details about Ballard’s death.
“I don’t know what the truth is, but I do know right now, that we don’t have it,” Best said. He added that he’s talked to Ballard’s family and is working with them and the community to plan more protests in the city.