Apartment Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Man Shot, Killed in Apartment Robbery



Apartment Security Lapse? Our Legal Take: Man Shot, Killed in Apartment Robbery

Local News UPDATE

Police have allegedly made an arrest in the murder of an individual who was fatally shot in a Prescott Place apartment robbery Sunday morning, August 16, 2015.

According to WMC News 5, “[t]he shooting happened in the Prescott Place Apartments located in the 1700 block of Morlye Street.”  The news story indicates that, per neighbors, the victim “returned from getting groceries to find two men in his apartment’s parking lot” shortly before noon.  The news story further reports that “the victim went up the stairs to his home and was approached by the men, who demanded he open the door and tried to rob him.  When he refused, they pointed a gun at him and when he still refused to open the door, they shot him.”  The suspects reportedly fled the scene in a white car, opening fire on neighbors who heroically tried to block the apartment complex entrance.

Per media reports, gunfire has become a “daily” occurrence along Prescott Street. Neighbors are now calling on community leaders to increase law enforcement in their neighborhood.

Our Legal Take

Recent crime reports indicate other reported criminal activity in the area of this tragic incident, including multiple assaults, robberies and thefts. As police continue to search for suspects, and in light of the prior reports of violence, The Murray Law Firm is questioning whether a potential apartment security lapse may hold some responsibility in this shooting.

  • August Crime Map (spotcrime.com)

    August Crime Map (spotcrime.com)

    How did the gunmen gain entry to the apartment complex parking lot? What property access-controls, such as gated-entry, fencing, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to deter crime at the time of the shooting?

  • How many prior incidents of violence have occurred on or near the property?
  • What increased security precautions, if any, have been implemented by the Prescott Place apartment complex owner and management to protect residents and guests?

By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents and guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim’s family may elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death. Under such a claim, the victim’s family may be entitled to substantial compensation for their loss.

Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.  Based upon its prior experience in handling apartment security negligence claims in the Memphis area, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a through, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.

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The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing victims of gun violence and apartment security negligence.  We offer our legal assistance, if desired.  We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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