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David Ludewig Killed by Security Guard After Leak-Taking Roust Led to Pointing Airsoft Gun

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David Ludewig in a photo from cousin Johnny Secrest's Facebook page. More photos and a video below.
How did relieving himself behind a dumpster lead to David Ludewig's death? This incident triggered a confrontation with a security guard, who opened fire after the 24-year-old Ludewig pointed a gun at him, presumably not realizing the weapon wasn't real.

We've got the tragic details below, along with photos and video.

See also: Denver Cops Ask: Which of These Guns Are Real and Which Are Fake?

About 1:25 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, according to the Westminster Police Department, officers responded to a reported shooting in the parking lot of the Sunset Ridge apartment complex, located at 8300 North Sheridan Boulevard.

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The sign for the Sunset Ridge apartment complex as seen in 7News coverage.
Witnesses said a security guard shot a man on the property, and on-the-scene investigation bore out that account. Ludewig had been hit, and while he was rushed to a local hospital, he didn't survive his wounds.

The police version of events maintains that the thus-far-unnamed guard "was retreating and attempted to get behind cover after recognizing the individual had a weapon. The individual allegedly had a handgun, raised it, and pointed it at the security guard. The security guard fired his weapon, striking this individual."

A shot also impacted the apartment complex, as seen in this image from 7News:

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Johnny Secrest, Ludewig's cousin, who was present at the time, subsequently shared his grief in multiple Facebook posts. The first reads:
David ludewig, RIP. my loving cousin n friend i love u n miss u. The actions of a over-zelous gun carrying security guard took u from us. It was my pleasure to live at ur side n to b holding u when u. Took ur final breath. I only wish it was me dear david. We carry u n our hearts. Until we meet again ur cousin johnny.
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Another look at the scene from 7News coverage.
Why was the security guard "over-zealous"? Secrest tells 7News he and Ludewig had been out celebrating when his cousin decided to relieve himself behind a dumpster near their apartment. An instant later, a security guard shined a flashlight in their direction and announced that he was going to detain them for breaking the law.

Rather than go along with this plan, Ludewig reportedly strode to a nearby apartment and emerged with an Airsoft gun. Secrest quotes Ludewig as saying, "How would you like it if you had someone point a gun at you?" Shortly thereafter, the security guard opened fire.

Law enforcers have long complained about imitation weapons that look indistinguishable from the real thing. Last year, as you'll recall, the Denver Police Department created an online photo quiz that asked which guns were fake. The answer: all of them.

Airsoft guns appear to have been a passion of Ludewig's, as judged by a trio of images he shared on his own Facebook page. Here's one....

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...and another....

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...and a third:

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In his 7News interview, Secrest conceded that Ludewig's decision to level an Airsoft gun at the security guard was a mistake.

In his words, "If anybody thinks about pulling out an Airsoft gun, it's not a real gun and it'll get you killed."

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Johnny Secrest speaking with 7News.
Understanding this error doesn't lessen Secrest's grief, especially under the circumstances. He reveals in another Facebook post that Ludewig was about to become a father. That item reads:
Benefit sept 25. Hermans hideaway multiple bands and artist. Come all friends of david n let us celebrate the life of david ludewig.all proceeds w benifit david and kirsteys unborn baby. Much love for all who have reached out to my family.
While no charges have been brought against the security guard to date, the WPD stresses that the investigation is continuing. In the meantime, our condolences to Ludewig's friends, family and loved ones.

Here's the aforementioned 7News report.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

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107 comments
ObamaNazi
ObamaNazi

Barak "Barry' Hussein Obama smells like ass crack.

Brad Kinney
Brad Kinney

what's up Westword ?? cant handle the truth ??

Brad Kinney
Brad Kinney

why is no one mentioning the car this ass shot up, the apt that was hit so recklessly .. no talk of how he just flat out unloaded a clip!!! did not fire a single warning shot nor attempt to subdue .. matter of fact he didnt even call police until after the shooting ... wtf?? these half truths media tells are pure bs .. you bet your sorry asses ill call you out on them too .. you should be showing respect to the life lost you low life assholes.. none of these facts are presented in media ?? why is that WESTWORD ???? why ? because you're media and all media is full of biased shit is why ... truth of the security guard is he is not providing security at all but he did provide a death sentence.. w no authority to do so !!!!!!!!!! listen up security guards you wanna be cops are NOT LAW .. you have 0 authority .. so this asshat just unloads a clip ?? and thats ok now in the USA ?? why no talk of how he harassed and threatened DAVID multiple times.. how about his stalking him that night and long standing history of harassing others at that complex.. seems to us westword ? you dont really know jack shit about this, therefore maybe you should just stfu .. same goes for most of these opinionated dipshits below .. karma has a home for all of you .. Westword why dont you stick to your lil porn ads and stop aggravating a situation like this .. youre weak ...

Samantha Kneedler
Samantha Kneedler

^ it also says he grabbed the gun and stated "how would you like someone pointing a gun at you". Clearly this man was threatening him over pissing behind a dumpster. There is such thing as a warning shot and non lethal force which this "security guard" lacked knowledge of. One shot would have done enough to show the gun David had was not real..not 6 and there was no need to kill him. Pulling a gun was wrong yes, but on both sides. This could have been avoided in so many ways.

Elvin Ryan
Elvin Ryan

Article says he went to an apartment then came out with the air soft gun. Shoulda kept his butt in there, he'd still be alive.

Jimmy Curtis
Jimmy Curtis

A guard only has the right to a citizen's arrest. In Colorado you are only supposed to attempt a citizen's arrest if you have witnessed the commission of a felony, and if you can detain the subject using an appropriate amount of force. The only thing the guard did that was justifiable was defend himself from what appeared to be a deadly weapon. I wouldn't be surprised if he got charged with manslaughter. Quite frankly, both of the parties in this situation were wrong. They both failed to walk away from a pointless fight. A public urination ticket is not worth killing or dying for.

Thomas Newmann
Thomas Newmann

Yes. Time and time again, it can be avoided. Anything can be avoided

Kiyomi Erin Lowe
Kiyomi Erin Lowe

So because David was drunk and urinating behind a dumpster it was okay for a security guard to pull a gun on David?

Kiyomi Erin Lowe
Kiyomi Erin Lowe

I also assume that you guys are missing the point of the security guard harassing David at gunpoint well before he had time to go inside and come back out with the airsoft gun. Everybody has a breaking point. Yes, David made a mistake but who pulled the gun first? Especially when it was not necessary for any gun to be involved in the type of situation at hand.

Jeff Cook
Jeff Cook

This guy should not gave been urinating outside, made the choice to leave the scene and obtain a weapon - he made a lot of very poor decisions.

Cajun Plaisance
Cajun Plaisance

The guard should have called the real police and should have yelled to put the gun down before firing so quickly. I call murder! The guard should be in prison.

Lisa Caroline Flerlage
Lisa Caroline Flerlage

I can't even believe I replied to that comment. Stan, you look like a 45 year old stuck in a 22 year old kids clothing.. Still trying to be "the cool guy." HahaHA.

Lisa Caroline Flerlage
Lisa Caroline Flerlage

The security guard should not have followed David back to his apartment if he was being such a problem. He should have called the police and let them take care of it. You're telling me you've never in your entire life peed behind a dumpster for ANY reason? Because I'm counting on most men will say yes. AND THAT is why the security guard was trying to arrest him. As a person incredibly knowledgable in the criminal justice world, what happened was not right. You do realize a security guard can't arrest someone anyways, right? He would have had to call the police regardless. You're a fucking moron-- in all senses of the word. Get off it you uneducated piece. ✌️

Brad Kinney
Brad Kinney

and youre missing half the story too so go back to school and relearn what research is .. youre lame w lies

Brad Kinney
Brad Kinney

no ms law school youre wrong . i also study law tell another lie asshole ..

Brad Kinney
Brad Kinney

why is no one mentioning the car this ass shot up, the apt that was hit so recklessly .. no talk of how he just flat out unloaded a clip!!! did not fire a single warning shot nor attempt to subdue .. matter of fact he didnt even call police until after the shooting ... wtf?? these half truths media tells are pure bs .. you bet your sorry asses ill call you out on them too .. you should be showing respect to the life lost you low life assholes.. none of these facts are presented in media ?? why is that WESTWORD ???? why ? because you're media and all media is full of biased shit is why ... truth of the security guard is he is not providing security at all but he did provide a death sentence.. w no authority to do so !!!!!!!!!! listen up security guards you wanna be cops are NOT LAW .. you have 0 authority .. so this asshat just unloads a clip ?? and thats ok now in the USA ?? why no talk of how he harassed and threatened DAVID multiple times.. how about his stalking him that night and long standing history of harassing others at that complex.. seems to us westword ? you dont really know jack shit about this, therefore maybe you should just stfu .. same goes for most of these opinionated dipshits below .. karma has a home for all of you .. Westword why dont you stick to your lil porn ads and stop aggravating a situation like this .. youre weak ...

Brad Kinney
Brad Kinney

yeah i said it .. f you - youre sorry asses will be in the new reports too for this .. for sensationalizing debate of a murder .. you fucking pathetic assholes..

Brad Kinney
Brad Kinney

and up yours westword.. how dare you ???

Barry Rogers
Barry Rogers

It's a shame David Ludewig was killed, but he made a terrible mistake, antagonizing/threatening an armed security guard, who had no other choice but to defend himself with deadly force.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

So detaining drunk people for arrest should be against the law? If what you're saying is correct, then the kid should have just gone along and gotten arrested and lived to fight it in court if he wasn't in the wrong. But hey, it's just some random person with no training in firearm shooting and even more idiotic person who obviously has no firearm training pointing a fake gun at one another. A professionally trained killer (Military Shooter) or law enforcement would have dropped this asshat just as well no questions about it so your comment about an untrained yet licensed to carry security guard being out of his league are stupid.

Aundra Thompson
Aundra Thompson

Why would you ever think you could raise a gun (fake or not) and expect to NOT be met with force is ridiculous

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

wtf does open carry have to do with a licensed guard carrying? He wasn't some random citizen carrying. He has nearly the same credentials as a law enforcement official.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

No, I just enjoy punking this little Zionist turd.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

...and I suppose wasting your energy arguing with other idiots renders thyself an idiot, AmIRight?

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

Stupid is, stupid does, ma'am. That's all that needs to be said, you whiny fucking cunt.

Daniel Ryan Day
Daniel Ryan Day

Unless the security guard was on duty working for the Sunset Ridge apartment complex, he was overstepping his authority by attempting to detain David Ludewig. If that is the case, yes - he was an "over-zealous gun carrying security guard" and justice has yet to be served.

Lisa Caroline Flerlage
Lisa Caroline Flerlage

You're right. You don't point a gun at anyone. But security guards don't need to be chasing around people in their own apartment complex harassing them .. Following them to their own home. He was a security guard. He should have called the police and let them handle it. Both parties made mistakes, but the mall cop is the one who costed a life because of his lack of training with a deadly weapon. That's my opinion. It isn't changing.

Melissa Fritz
Melissa Fritz

For those who keep throwing out stereotypes such as "drunk" or "idiot" , Anyone that knew david knew that he was anything but that... So if you dont know him I suggest you quit the childish name Calling, have some respect. This is someones son, brother, friend, and soon to father. He was a good friend of mine but I think they're faults on both sides... It is a tragic story overall

Celedonia Cepriana Castro
Celedonia Cepriana Castro

This could have been avoided the security guard thought too highly of himself and thought he had too much what would you say power this is not the only person every security guard think this way they think they have more power than a regular person they don't. The security guard should be held 100% responsible for what he did.

Sara Bourland
Sara Bourland

To answer this ridulous question..yes I believe it could of been avoided...the right steps were not taken to protect the security of the victim or the public by the "security officer" who recklessly unloaded his clip...the right steps still aren't being taken by disarming this danger to society and this post is very disheartening to read...a young innocent life was lost and now names are being thrown around - show some respect! Westword what kind of question is this anyways??!! You knew damn well what it would start - shame on you!!

Michael Roque
Michael Roque

So because the security guard isn't law enforcement it's ok to point a gun at him, Squints? How about you don't point anything that can do harm at anyone and especially not when it resembles a real gun.

Michael Roque
Michael Roque

Doesn't matter if he was law enforcement or not. If I was armed and someone pointed what I thought to be a gun at me then I'd fire also.

Michael Roque
Michael Roque

Jon Bron Paul Krueger Nick BuschDavid Bezeau, misusing an airsoft gun. Sucks that he's dead, but c'mon.

Teresa Youngblood Helms
Teresa Youngblood Helms

You don't point a gun (real/fake) at anyone who is armed! End of story! Calling it wrongful is a stretch. It's unfortunate your friend died but he made a fatal and unfortunate error.

Suzanne Magnuson
Suzanne Magnuson

Internet Outrage Brigade? You're probably very proud if yourself. Good job being a clever little jerk. All I was saying was that it seemed unnecessary to make cruel remarked in the wake of a tragic loss of life.

Badtastic
Badtastic

Warning shots are illegal and are more likely to get the shooter in jail. Only people who don't understand firearms or the law surrounding them would suggest a warning shot.

Badtastic
Badtastic

It's not manslaughter if it was self-defense. The minute this kid pointed his air-soft gun at the guard his rights ended

Badtastic
Badtastic

What lack of training? He responded to a raised firearm by firing his and hitting his target. Where exactly is this "lack of training?"

DerpMcDerpston
DerpMcDerpston

Well, you're an idiot.  That won't change, either.

DerpMcDerpston
DerpMcDerpston

Only idiots and drunks point toy guns at people carrying real guns.  

Badtastic
Badtastic

Sure, he should be punished for defending himself. Moron.

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