Guard Held in Boss' Killing: Police Say Men Argued over Job

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A security guard shot and killed his boss early yesterday at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Prince George's County, U.S. Park Police said, bringing the growing national problem of workplace violence to the Washington area.

Todd McNeil, 33, a security guard with Unlimited Security of D.C. was initially charged with assault with intent to murder after shooting his supervisor, they said. Those charges could be upgraded at his arraignment now that the victim has died.

Mr. McNeil and James Coffman, 33, of Beltsville, apparently had an argument over "career development," a Park Police spokesman said. Mr. McNeil had initiated a conversation about work assignments with Mr. Coffman, who then counseled Mr. McNeil about his job performance, police said.

Police were called to the Food and Drug Administration facility at 8301 Muirkirk Road in Beltsville at 2:15 a.m. yesterday for the report of a shooting. They found Mr. Coffman shot in the head. He was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center, where he died just before noon yesterday.

Park Police did not release any personal details about Mr. McNeil or Mr. Coffman and would not release any further details about the shooting. A hospital spokeswoman would not comment on Mr. Coffman's death.

The shooting comes as a new poll of American workers says one out of six employees reports being so angered by a co-worker in the past year that he or she felt like hitting the person - but didn't. …