Security company fired, guard arrested after shooting at MATA station

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A security guard was charged after police say he shot a man Friday morning near a MATA bus terminal, less than two hours after police were called to the same bus station to investigate another man's death.

Milz Mayhorn

Milz Mayhorn, a security guard with MATA, was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly shooting a man.

Both incidents happened at the William Hudson Transit Center at the intersection of A.W. Willis and Second Street early Friday morning.

Three people on the scene stated a man got into a fight with the driver of that bus. A security guard confronted the male before that guard pulled a gun and opened fire, police said.

 “He was arguing with the bus driver and he went to walk off and when he walked off, the security guard pulled out a gun and shot him in his leg," said one witness. “The officer made him leave and they got about right here, and that’s when I heard a gunshot.”

The man was rushed to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition. The victim in that shooting was later downgraded to non-critical condition.

Officers were seen frisking a man in a security uniform before putting him in the back of a patrol car. Police said the security guard was contracted through Ambassador Worldwide Protection Agency.

We called them about the incident Friday morning, but the company said they are not allowed to comment about open investigations.

On Monday, MATA released a statement to WREG saying they are no longer using AWPA for their security needs at the William Hudson Transit Center. Instead, they have hired Global Security Services LLC to make sure everyone stays safe.

MATA said that location was the only one which utilized AWPA guards.

Authorities were investigating another scene across the street at the William Hudson Transit Center on Friday morning. Police said that's where they found a man dead.

Witnesses told WREG the man was homeless and police were already investigating his death when shots rang out across the street.

The cause of that man's death appears to be natural.