Sounds like Lafayette, LA is like downtown Beirut... May I ask what it is that you do for a living?@CM
“I shoulda just beat feet and hopped some fences “
Situations like yours that have gone south have no one right answer. It turned out OK for you which is a good indication you did the correct thing(?). This is what I might have done in your case. This is a good example of how a threat to personal safety can come from unlikely places. I am not fond of armed private security. I have seen first hand some bad things happen to people once they are detained. I have had the numbers to dispatch of City PD and SO memorized since 1980. On my phone they are on speed dial. I would (loudly) tell the guard who I am calling and why. When the phone is answered I would say only the words “watch commander”. I would say something like “I have a firearm pointing at me and I feel my life is being threatened, will you help me?” Then I would do exactly what I am told. This communication can happen surprisingly quick. If someone other than a LEO points a firearm at me, we have a situation. This response is for this situation. If for example I am approached and told to look at the guy in the car 20' away only to see a shotgun pointed at me, I realize I am being robbed and everything in my possession will likely be lost, this is different. I am familiar with 911 services and I normally respect the chain of command. 99% of all emergencies should go through their system. A firearm pointing at someone (me in this case by a rent a cop) is the exception. I feel very confident that I would catch all forms of hell from friends and family if I handled things this way. I also believe the DA would have some paperwork in their office the very next work day on that security guard.
“if one cop opens fire, all his buddies do too”
OK so that has happened more than once, but there some stellar law enforcement personnel on duty protecting us. An they want to help us help ourselves, especially when things get thick. I have been around some of the most incompetent civil service cops that made me want to implode. I have for the most part seen some truly outstanding behavior.