A beloved security guard in Mississippi was shot and killed during an attempted robbery by three teens early Monday morning. Roy Love, 60, was providing armed security at M&M Food Mart in Jackson when the incident occurred.

Around 1:30 a.m., three teens — two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old — arrived at the store. Suspecting trouble, Love approached them in the parking lot and asked them to leave. Instead, they allegedly tried to rob him, managing to seize his gun and using it to kill him.

Police Chief Joseph Wade said surveillance footage showed the teens attacking Love, taking his weapon, and shooting him. “This was very bold. They were trying to steal the security guard’s gun, and they got it and killed him in the process — unbelievable,” Wade stated. Love never drew his weapon during the attack.

Jackson Police Chief Joseph Wade
Jackson Police Chief Joseph Wade stated that video footage revealed Roy Love, 60, never drew his gun during the confrontation with the three teens.

Jackson officers received a tip and found the teens near Woody and Monticello Drive, less than half a mile from the store. They were arrested and charged with capital murder, held without bail.

Love, described as a “neighborhood legend,” was known for his dedication to his job and for ensuring the safety of the women in his community. “He will be missed,” said friend Tony Williams.