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Security guard found day after shootout wants to return to work

March 15, 1997

DETROIT (AP) _ The bank guard found cowering in the basement the day after a deadly shootout wants to go back to work, her boss said Friday.

Virene Brown was found in the Comerica bank’s boiler room Wednesday, a day after Allen Lane Griffin Jr. went on a shooting spree that led to four deaths, including his own.

``Absolutely, she will return to work,″ said Howard Spector, senior vice president of Guardsmark Inc., the bank’s Memphis, Tenn.-based security company. There’s no timetable, he said, just ``whenever she’s ready.″

Spector said he spoke with Ms. Brown for about 15 minutes Thursday at the hospital where she is recovering from post-traumatic stress and dehydration.

Spector said Ms. Brown, like others in the bank, were ordered to the floor by Griffin. ``At some point she even had the presence of mind to lead the Lord’s Prayer as the gunman had ordered her to do,″ he said.

Company spokesman Lewis Nolan said Ms. Brown particularly wants to meet the bank customer who she said pleaded with the gunman to spare Ms. Brown’s life after he pointed the shotgun to her head.

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