Authorities have identified the Home Depot employee who was shot and killed in a California Home Depot store on Tuesday during a confrontation between a shoplifting suspected. The worker, a loss prevention specialist, was to be married this summer.
Blake Mohs was shot by the Pleasanton Police Department during a struggle after he intervened in order to stop Benicia Knapps, 32, from stealing in the store located on Johnson Drive, Pleasanton.
Mohs was a resident of Tri-Valley and died later from his injuries. According to his wedding site, he was to marry his fiancée on August 12. His parents and brother also survive him, along with his fiancee.
Scott Rodgers told KTVU FOX2,, that Mohs had been a Boy Scouts of America member for many years, and achieved the Eagle Scout rank in 2014.
Friends told me that Mohs and his fiancee met while both volunteering at the organization. They were planning to hold their wedding reception in the camp where they met first.
Rodgers stated, “We were excited for them both.” They truly loved eachother.
Mohs, according to the police, was a well known member of his community. He helped ensure that customers and employees were safe. He was also active in youth programs.
Pleasanton mayor Karla brown called Mohs as a model community.
“I’m devastated by the death of Blake Mohs yesterday in a senseless shooting. Blake Mohs was an example for others through his work with Tri-Valley organisations. “To have your life cut short is heartbreaking, and it’s infuriating,” Brown said.
The shooting took place at around 2:15 pm inside the store, as Mohs was in a physical fight with Knapps. Knapps is said to have shot Mohs after he resisted him.
Knapps fled to a getaway vehicle driven by David Guillory, 31, and fled the scene. Police said that Knapps’ 2-year-old son was also in the car.
The pair was arrested in Oakland around 2:30 pm. Knapps child was placed in the care and custody of family members.
The station, citing the police, reported that Knapps had been arrested under suspicions of murder, theft, child endangerment, and conspiracy.
According to online jail records, Guillory had been arrested for child endangerment and driving in the wrong direction.
Home Depot released a statement saying that they were “heartbroken” over the senseless tragedy.
The statement read: “Blake is our friend and associate, and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family as well as everyone who knew him and loved him.”