• Police: School security guard shouted ‘I shoot to kill' while waving gun at gas station


    CHARLEROI, Pa. - A local school security guard was arrested after police said he waved his gun around in at a gas station early Saturday morning in Washington County.

    According to police, workers at the Exxon gas station in Charleroi called authorities and said a man was waving a gun and screaming, “I shoot to kill.”

    The workers said the man wasn’t threatening them, but offering to protect them.

    Officers responded and arrested Val Smith, a security guard at Charleroi High School. Smith was charged with reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

    The workers said Smith told them to write his phone number down and to “Call me. I’m only around the corner. I could be here before police.”

    The superintendent at Charleroi School District said he can’t comment on a personnel matter. He would only say that Smith was hired in August and has not started in the school yet.

    Some parents and Exxon customers voiced their concern over Smith’s arrest.

    “Who hired him? Let’s get to the bottom of it. Somebody ought to be responsible,” Ronnie Macko said.

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