Man murdered store security guard who asked him to remove his mask: prosecutors

Marshon Scott and Edward Fontaine Creamer are seen with a surveillance image released by Chicago police. (Chicago Police Department, securityofficerlodd on Reddit)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors have charged a Chicago man with murdering a store security guard after the officer asked him to remove his mask upon entering the store a few days before Christmas.

Security officer Edward Fontaine Creamer, 53, was working at DTLR, 712 East 87th Street, when Marshon Scott walked in shortly before 1 p.m. on December 20, officials said. Creamer asked Scott to pull up his mask, but Scott responded by patting Creamer down, prosecutors said in a detention petition. The situation escalated.

Scott fired three shots, then fired more while running away, the petition said. Creamer returned fire and then fell during the shootout.

As Creamer was on the ground, Scott walked up and shot him “multiple times,” according to the petition. They said he fled in a stolen car that he brought to the scene.

“He didn’t deserve that. They were wrong. They know they were wrong,” Creamer’s daughter, Ashley, told WGN as police released surveillance footage of the suspects on December 27. The video clips released by CPD showed shoplifters stealing merchandise. Prosecutors, however, said that’s not what sparked the shooting.

Chicago police said Scott was identified through surveillance images and by witnesses who reviewed photo line-ups. Judge William Fahy detained him on one count of first-degree murder.

“Fontaine didn’t deserve that,” his father told NBC5 last year. “He was probably trying to talk to those people.”

NBC reported that Creamer often went to his parents’ home after work to feed and care for his mother, who has Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“He’s a protector, very loving, very forgiving, which I never understood. I’m still learning to be that way like my daddy,” Ashley Creamer told WGN in December. “All of us needed him in some type of way.”

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