Man who died after confrontation with security guards indentified

Detectives: Sebastian Welds, 22, found dead at Whispering Palms apartments

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LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. - Detectives have identified the man who was killed during an early morning confrontation on Valentine's Day between two off-duty security guards and a man playing loud music.

Broward Sheriff's Office homicide detectives said when deputies arrived at the Whispering Palms apartments in Lauderdale Lakes, they found the body of Sebastian Welds, 22, lying between two cars and the two security guards on scene.

Detectives said Joel Dunkley, 22, and Lucien Dixon, 24, work as guards at the apartment complex. According to detectives, Dunkley also lives there.

The co-workers said they were returning from a night out when they heard loud music coming from a dark-colored sedan parked in the lot. Detectives said the two security guards approached the vehicle, and Dixon asked Welds to lower the volume.

According to officials, the exchange escalated when Welds stepped out of his vehicle and confronted Dixon. Dunkley saw Welds reach in the direction of Dixon's gun. Detectives said Dunkley feared for their safety and shot Dixon.

Both security guards remained at the scene waiting for deputies to arrive and cooperated fully with investigators, said detectives.

Officials said Dunkley and Dixon were armed and both have valid concealed weapons permits. A third security guard, who was on duty and witnessed the incident, provided a corroborating statement to investigators.

Detectives said Weld's body was transported to the Medical Examiner's Office. His death was ruled a homicide.

The case will be presented to the state attorney's office for review.

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