Here's the story from the province if you haven't already read it;
Matthew Ramsey and Ian Austin, The Province
Published: Friday, March 10, 2006
Shawn Fortin thought he was doing the right thing.
The security guard tackled a thief who had just broken into a car in the 300-block Richards Street in downtown Vancouver, across the road from Harbour Centre, the property Fortin was hired to guard.
Two days later, his employer, Fusion Security Inc., fired the 25-year-old.
"Every employee must conduct themselves in a safe manner," explained Fusion vice-president Harry Stausgaard. By leaving Harbour Centre property and not notifying police of the crime in progress, he violated the company's policies, he said.
"There are public resources on the street to take care of these situations," he said.
The letter security manager Guy La Foy sent to Fortin said it all:
"Not only did you contravene our policies and procedures, and that of the clients, but your actions put both yourself and your co-workers at risk. As such, I have no choice but to terminate your employment," wrote La Foy.
Fortin was flabbergasted. "I expected to get a well-deserved pat on the back from my superiors. Instead, they fired me."
The man Fortin collared last Saturday, Andrew Vandal, 32, is in custody facing charges of theft, mischief and possession of break-and-enter instruments.
"I had the [surveillance] cameras watch him because he just seemed out of place," said Fortin.
The video of the event clearly shows a man alleged to be Vandal with a miniature pry bar trying repeatedly to smash the window of a silver car. The man eventually succeeds and leans into the car.
Fortin grabs the man and a struggle ensues.
"He said, 'I'll stab you, I'll stab you.' I feared for my life," Fortin recalled.
Fortin backs away and the man runs off with Fortin following. Fortin kicks out his legs and the man falls to the ground.
A second guard charges on to the scene, an ambulance arrives a few seconds later, a police car a minute after that. Fortin doesn't get off the prone suspect until a police officer handcuffs him.
Vancouver police Const. Howard Chow said a passing VPD wagon witnessed the incident and called for assistance.
Chow said the public should phone 911 rather than risk harm.
"In every instance like that, we prefer that people phone 911 and watch these people so not to alert them, and give us play by play so we can get into the area and arrest these guys," said Chow.
"It's important that the public realize that if you go out and challenge and try to take matters into your own hands, you may be putting yourself in danger."
I'm not disputing the companies policy at all, I just want peoples opinions on citizens arrest..... would you step in to harms way if you believed you were doing the right thing. Any Police Officers, I'd really like to hear your personal opinion...not the opinion of your department.