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Search on for security officer’s killer

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Tampa police released photos Friday afternoon of a bicycle found at the scene where a security officer was shot to death Wednesday night.

They want to talk to the owner of the bike; detectives are hoping the owner can shed more light on what happened Wednesday night.

(If you recognize it, call TPD at 813-231-6130.)

The officer, Michael Valentin, may have only worked for Critical Intervention Services for a month, but he certainly left his mark.

"He was a very happy guy, he was a fun guy to work with, talked about his family a lot," said Critical Intervention Services CEO K.C. Poulin.

Valentin was gunned down while providing security at the Grande Oaks Apartments Wednesday night. He leaves behind a wife and two young sons.

Tampa police have not caught a suspect in this case, but say they are working around the clock to bring that person to justice.

"The lead detective didn't have Thanksgiving with his family. He has not been home to spend the holidays with his family because he wants to make an arrest in this case," said Tampa Police spokeswoman Andrea Davis.

Back at Critical Intervention Services, Poulin says Valentin's co-workers are taking his loss hard.

"A lot of guys are beating themselves up right now that they could have been there, they should have been there, ‘I was two minutes away from there, I could have done this, I could have done that.' In the end it's not true. You can't be there for everything all the time," Poulin said.

This isn't the first time his company has had to deal with tragedy. In May of 2011, CIS officer Mathew Little was also gunned down on duty.

"We lost two in the last year and a half, both in the same circumstances," Poulin said.

Little was working the Mariners Point Apartments in St. Petersburg when he was killed. Poulin says the company is always reviewing the training their officers receive, but stopped short of saying a lack of training led to either death.

"Training doesn't stop that stuff from happening. Risk can't be eliminated, it's just impossible," said Poulin. "Sometimes, you know, evil has the upper hand."

CIS employs roughly 300 armed officers in the Tampa area, Orlando and West Palm Beach.

Poulin says all their officers come with prior law enforcement, military, at least two years of security experience or a college degree in law enforcement.

Valentin had ten years of experience as a public safety officer.

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