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Anderson Co. library security guard loses job after firing at car

(Anderson-AP) January 10, 2007 - Police say a security guard at the Anderson County Library fired his gun at a car after the driver triggered a security alarm. Now that guard has lost his job.

Police say security guard James Turner asked the woman to stop after the alarm went off as she left around 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon.

A police report states Turner chased the woman as she ran to her car and he said the bumper brushed his knee as she pulled away. Turner says, "I jumped like this right here trying my best to save my life and at that same time when I jumped she hit my leg. And I pulled out my weapon and fired at the car, the bullet went in the driver's side window and the glass had shattered."

Authorities say the woman kept going and they don't know if she was hurt. Turner did not get a license plate number.

Library director Carl Stone says he's asked Cherokee Security Systems not to send Turner back to the library. Stone says no one should be hurt over a missing library book. Officials aren't sure if any books - or other items - were stolen.

From now on, the library guards won't be carrying guns.

Updated 7:40pm by Bryce Mursch with AP

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