Family: Guard killed in motel shooting a 'hero'

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 00:05:14-04

A Motel 6 security guard, who was killed on the job Sunday night, is being described as a hero who tried to detect and deter crime every day. 

Brian Harris, 44, was loved by family, friends and even the police officers who worked in the tough neighborhood near Northern and Interstate 17.

"He is our hero, and he is a hero," Harris' mom, Linda Hansen, said. "We're all going to miss him and we love him very much." 

One officer tells ABC15 that Harris was dedicated to the motel guests and was a partner in their crime fighting efforts. 

Investigators said they still don't know what provoked Sunday's rampage. Police said 28-year-old Daterryn McBride shot five people, killing two of them.

After two carjacking’s and a police chase, McBride fatally shot himself.

Harris had a daughter and a grandchild. His family was making funeral arrangements Tuesday.

"He was a beautiful loving giving person who loved everyone," Hansen said. "I know he's looking down and knowing just how much everyone loved him to pieces."

Motel 6 released the following statement:

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident that occurred at our Motel 6 location in Phoenix, AZ. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and individuals involved. We are fully cooperating with the local authorities as they continue their investigation. Motel 6 has also reached out to the families of the victims to best support them through this tragedy. For any other questions relating to this investigation, please contact the Phoenix Police Department."