Church shooting suspect worked for security company less than 12 hours before Antioch attack

Emanuel Kidega Samson being escorted by police after he was released from the hospital on Sept. 24, 2017. (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The man arrested for the deadly shooting at an Antioch church Sunday applied for a security guard license Friday before the attack, and worked as a security guard Saturday night .

Emanuel Samson attended a class for “unarmed security officers” at the Nashville Academy of Personal Protection and Security and got his license, according to owner and instructor Buford Tune.

“He was quiet, he was nice, there was nothing outstanding about him at all,” said Tune. “There was nothing at all you could point a finger at and say, ‘well, there’s something not right here.”

On his new license application, Samson initialed a paragraph that states he is in good physical and mental health.

In signing this release, I assert that: (a) I am presently in good physical and mental health; (b) I have no reason to believe that I am not in good physical and mental health

Metro police say Samson started work on Saturday for a local security company called Crimson Security. Attorney Laurel Hemenway tells News 2 he was in training.

Mr. Samson was hired by our company to work as an unarmed security officer.   He attended and completed State mandated classes on Friday September 22, 2017. He submitted his documentation to Crimson Security Service per the state requirements. He first reported to work on Saturday September 23, 2017 for training purposes only. There was no incident or indication of any problem with Mr. Samson at any time during his shift. The company received a text from him on Sunday morning around 10:00 am advising that he would not return to work for us. Crimson Security Service  terminated his employment upon receipt of his message. That was the last communication Crimson Security Service had with Mr. Samson. As a locally based member of the community, Crimson Security is deeply saddened by this tragedy and is more dedicated than ever to keeping our community safe.

Samson had a previous unarmed security guard license that expired January 31, 2016, and earlier this year he tried to renew his license and get a new job.

Last June, he applied for work with G4S Secure Solutions – North America. They provide security for nuclear plants, airports, universities , hospitals and government agencies. Communications Director Monica Lewman-Garcia tells News 2 he never finished the screening and training process and never worked as a G4S Security Officer

Police records show Samson was involved in several incidents in Murfreesboro, including a suicide call.

On June 27, Samson’s father said his son “texted him at 12:25p.m. stating that he had a gun to his head.”

Two Murfreesboro police officers found Samson at an address on Donelson Pike, which turned out to be the office of G4S Secure Solutions.

According to Metro police investigators, Samson was in the office, and appeared to be very professional. He told the officers he was fine and not a danger to himself.

Two more police reports indicate he had a stormy relationship with a former girlfriend.

On March 11, Murfreesboro police responded to reports of a loud verbal argument when the woman showed up at his apartment. Samson claimed he was trying to break up with her.

On January 29, the former girlfriend told investigators Samson broke a small TV and a figurine at her home.

It does not appear that Samson was charged with any crimes prior to his arrest on Sunday.

Now he faces homicide charges for killing a woman and wounding 7 other people at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch.

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