Suspect in California security officer’s killing arrested in Kansas City area

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A suspect in the death of a California TV station’s security officer was arrested in the Kansas City area on Wednesday, U.S. Marshals say.

Officials took Laron Gilbert into custody Wednesday afternoon after Jackson County sheriff’s deputies spotted him inside a vehicle in Blue Springs.

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Gilbert has been wanted for over two years in the death of former KRON4 security guard Kevin Nishita who was shot while protecting a KRON4 reporter in Oakland in November 2021. Gilbert has been at-large since.

U.S. Marshals told KRON4 they were informed by California investigators to look into locations in the Kansas City area where Gilbert might be.

They had been on the lookout for about a week when Jackson County deputies spotted him.

Gilbert led deputies on a short foot pursuit before he surrendered. He was not in possession of any guns, officials said.

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Gilbert is now expected to appear in a Jackson County court. A possible extradition to California has not been determined yet, U.S. Marshals said.

Two other suspects in Nishita’s killing, Shadihia Mitchell and Herschel Hale, were arrested in March 2022, KRON4 reports. Both men were charged with murder and pled not guilty.

Mitchell was originally the alleged gunman, but the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is no longer arguing that, KRON4 said. Mitchell and Hale’s defense teams pointed to Gilbert as the shooter.

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Nishita was on Oakland’s 14th Street with a KRON4 reporter when he was allegedly attacked by a group of men attempting to steal their camera equipment.

He died in the hospital three days later. The reporter was not physically harmed.

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