the man armed with a semi-automatic gun who strolled through the bourke street mall in the days following the january massacre is a former vfl player who was sacked by a security company last year.security guard aaron purvis – who was not registered to work as a guard nor licensed to carry a firearm – is expected to be charged with a weapons offence after the troubling security breach. aaron purvis is a former vfl player. photo: aaron j. purvis/facebookmr purvis' facebook page shows images of him posing in front of the mirror and includes the quote: `when life gives you lemons, ask for something higher in protein.`it is understood he was not hired to guard bourke street on the day he was seen but was rostered to work nearby.a source said mr purvis had been fired by one company last year but that the sacking was related to his failure to show for shifts, and not problems with his registration as a guard or his firearms licence.images also emerged of mr purvis working as an armed guard in melbourne central in december last year while an automatic teller machine was being serviced.advertisementhe worked as a guard for armoured vehicles in 2012.mr purvis, who is in his 20s, played elite junior football in the tac cup, and vfl football, and represented a host of suburban clubs. this armed man was seen in bourke street five days after the massacre. the president of h...