Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: Fatal Cypress Station Shooting Houston
Did negligent security contribute to the fatal shooting of a disabled Houston man? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.
64-year-old Robert Russo was reportedly shot and killed during a home invasion inside his Copper Lodge apartment Saturday, June 25, 2016.
“Shots rang out at the Copper Lodge Apartments at 1000 Cypress Station near FM 1960 about 5:30 a.m. Saturday,” according to KHOU News. Mr. Russo was apparently discovered “right outside his patio door,” suffering from “at least one gunshot wound.”
“Investigators located a blood trail leading from the apartment to the rear fence line of the complex and found a suspect…lying on the ground next to a ski mask,” KHOU reports. He was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound. It is unclear whether the suspect gained entry to the complex through the rear fencing.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure within the community. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
How did the gunman gain access to the property? What security measures, such as gated entry, bright lighting, security patrols, and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect residents and guests at the time of the shooting?
- June 2016 crime reports from Spotcrime.com reveal a number of assaults and burglaries in the surrounding area. Was the apartment complex aware of any prior criminal activity on or near the property? If so, were additional security precautions implemented by the property owner or management to deter crime?
Generally, property 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 family of Robert Russo may seek justice and elect to pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, 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. 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.
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