Security guard protecting TV news team dies of injuries after attempted armed robbery

A security guard lost his life after being shot while protecting a KRON4 news team in Oakland, California.

KRON4, a KTLA sister station in San Francisco, learned on Saturday that Kevin Nishita, who worked as an armed guard for the Star Protection Agency, died of his injuries. He leaves behind a wife, two children and three grandchildren.

Photo of Kevin Nishita, a KRON4 security guard shot in an attempted armed robbery while on duty in Oakland. He worked as an armed guard for the Star Protection Agency and is a former police officer. (Star Protection Agency)

Prior to working as a security guard, Nishita served as a police officer for the Oakland Housing Authority, Hayward Police, San Jose Police and Colma Police departments in California.

A reward of $ 32,500 is offered for information leading to an arrest.

A crew of KRON4 on Wednesday covered a story about a recent robbery in which 12 thieves wearing masks and caps raided a 300-block clothing store off 14th Street.

At 12:20 on Wednesday, an assailant tried to steal KRON4’s camera equipment, according to police.

The armed guard was shot in the lower abdomen. The reporter was not physically injured.

The guard was rushed to Highland Hospital on Wednesday afternoon in critical condition before undergoing surgery.

A man from Berkeley, California, who was standing nearby was hit by shrapnel, Oakland police said. He was treated at a hospital and is listed in stable condition.

Contributions from KRON4, Nexstar Media Inc., the Star Protection Agency, and the Oakland Police Department raised the total reward offered for information to $ 32,500.

The money will be given to the person who provides information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the shooting.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact investigators at (510) 238-3426.

“It’s been an extremely violent week,” Oakland police said during a news conference Wednesday. “We ask if you were in the area, have a business or live nearby, to check your surveillance footage, as you may have caught the crime before, during or after it took place.”

Local TV stations, including KRON4, regularly use security guards when covering news.

“We are devastated by the loss of security guard and our friend Kevin Nishita,” said KRON4’s Vice President and General Manager Jim Rose. “Our deepest sympathy goes to Kevin’s wife, his children, his family and all his friends and colleagues. This senseless loss of human life is due to yet another violent criminal act in the Bay Area. We hope that offering a reward will help lead for the arrest of those responsible so that they can be brought to justice for this terrible tragedy. “

KRON4 employees who knew and worked with Kevin share their thoughts on social media.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office escorted Nishita’s body from the hospital on Saturday “full distinction for law enforcement,” This is confirmed by the office on Twitter.

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