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Security officer Michael Valentin not working alone when he was murdered

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Tampa, Florida -- 10 News has learned Critical Intervention Services security officer Michael Valentin was not working alone at Grande Oaks Apartments the night he was murdered.  The 38-year-old Valentin was also wearing a bulletproof vest when he was killed on Thanksgiving eve.

But the president and CEO of CIS tells 10 News Valentin's murder will not force his company to chance any policies.

"We trained for this, we have experience in dealing with this, but in the end you can not prevent or stop all attacks," K.C. Poulin told 10 News on Friday.

Poulin also believes Valentin may have been targeted because he worked as a security officer.

"It was either opportunity or vengeful or something like that but it was directed at the security people."

10 News has also learned at least two Tampa Police officers had arrived at Grande Oaks just minutes before Valentin was killed. Police had been called because of a report of a fugitive in the area.

Officials say the fugitive was arrested Wednesday night on an outstanding warrant and he has been questioned about the shooting but note the unidentified man has not been charged in connection with Valentin's murder.

Meantime, authorities are continuing to ask for the public's help in solving this case.

"This is someone who killed a security officer and if they'll do that to a security officer what would they do to an innocent citizen?" police spokesperson Andrea Davis said.

Davis asks anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS. She notes callers can remain anonymous.

Valentin is survived by a wife and two sons ages 4 and 9.

SEE ALSO: Murdered security officer identified as Michael Valentin, married father of two

Tampa Police have released images of a bicycle left at the scene and are asking anyone who knows its owner or the person who rides the bike to call 231-6130.

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