Fatal Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: 1 Killed in Sandhill Road Apartment Shooting
34-year-old Thomas Blaf was reportedly shot and killed during an apartment home-invasion early Tuesday morning, April 19, 2016.
According to Fox 5 News, police received reports of a “break-in and shooting” in the 1400 block of N. Sandhill Road, shortly after 2:00am. A female victim and child apparently escaped to a bedroom while Mr. Blaf “encountered at least one armed person, who opened fire.” Mr. Blaf was reportedly transported to University Medical Center, where he succumbed to fatal injuries.
Police are searching for at least two suspects who apparently fled in a “dark colored car.” Crime reports reveal a number of recent crimes surrounding the N. Sandhill Road address.
Our Legal Take
Residents and guests of community housing have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. Given the reported history of crime in this area, The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the apartment complex and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
How did the suspects and vehicle gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated entry, bright lighting, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place at the time of the shooting?
- Were any additional security precautions implemented by the complex owner or management, following prior reports of area violence, to deter crime and protect residents?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all residents legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.
Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim. Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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