Both the man, who works in the neighborhood, and the guard told investigators different accounts of what happened before the guard used the weapon, police said.
Seattle detectives are investigating a fight between a private security guard and a 41-year-old man in the Magnolia neighborhood last week.
The guard, who works for Central Protection security service, pepper sprayed the man near 27th Avenue West and West Commodore Way shortly before 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday after the two got into an argument, Seattle police said.
The guard told investigators he initially approached the man, who was asleep in his parked vehicle, because two people reported that the man was potentially using drugs, according to the incident’s police report.
Both the man, who works in the neighborhood, and the guard told investigators different accounts of what happened next, police said.
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The guard told police he used pepper spray after the man tried opening the driver-side door to this Central Protection patrol vehicle while he was inside, according to the report.
The man, however, told investigators the guard used pepper spray after breaking the 41-year-old’s cellphone for trying to record the fight, the report says.
When officers arrived, the man was in handcuffs and they found pieces of the broken phone on the ground, according to the report.
The 41-year-old man was involved in a separate incident with Central Protection employees last year, according to police.
Police were unable to locate witnesses or security-camera footage to help determine what happened in the pepper-spray incident. They ask anyone with information to call 684-5550.
The Magnolia neighborhood hired Central Protection for random patrols for four to six days a week last year, after growing frustrated with crime and police response near their homes and businesses.
The extra surveillance began in December.