Two Arrested in Murder of Homeless Shelter Security Guard

San Diego police have arrested two suspects in the murder of a security guard who was gunned down outside of an East Village homeless shelter last month.

In a release sent Tuesday night, police said homicide investigators were led to two suspects in the case through witness accounts and collected video footage from the area including from Smart Streetlights.

The high-quality images obtained from the Smart Streetlights allowed investigators to identify 47-year-old Floyd Garrett and 40-year-old Johnny Hill as the suspects, according to the release. "On January 4, 2020, investigators tracked Garrett to Phoenix, Arizona where he was arrested with the assistance of the Phoenix Police Department. Garrett will remain in custody in Phoenix, pending extradition hearings". Hill was arrested in San Diego and was booked into county jail for the murder.

Ernest Lee Buchanan, 44, was killed on Dec. 28 outside the Alpha Project shelter on Imperial Avenue. Buchanan was returning from taking a meal break when someone approached him and opened fire. He was taken to the hospital but died from his wounds a short time later.

(Photo credit reporting partner 10News)

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