The board and members of the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail, join the Loss Prevention community in mourning the death of Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Officer J.D. Ferguson.  Ferguson was killed on the evening of April 10, 2016.  Police believe that the suspect, Boaz Anthony Fordyce, was attempting to steal three flat screen televisions around 9 p.m. that night when he was confronted by J.D. Ferguson, one of the store’s loss prevention officers.

According to Lilburn, Georgia Police Captain Thom Bardugan, Ferguson was unarmed when he approached the suspected shoplifter and asked for a receipt for the TVs. The man then pulled out a gun and shot Ferguson in the stomach. A second Walmart security officer at the scene was not injured. Ferguson, a married father of three, had worked at the store seven months when he was shot. In addition to his wife, Tiana, Ferguson is survived by the couple’s 1-year-old son, Jordan, and daughters Aryana, 3, and Ava, 3 months. A  GoFundMe page has since been set up in order to assist Ferguson’s family.

Additionally, the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund was established as a way to honor LP professionals who were lost during the course of their duty. In addition to providing financial assistance to the families of fallen asset protection professionals who lost their lives while performing the responsibilities of their jobs, the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund (LPBF) also provides assistance to professionals who have experienced a life-changing event that has created a financial hardship.