Did negligent security contribute to the shooting death at a Dallas apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A man was fatally injured after a home invasion shooting at a Dallas, Texas apartment complex early Sunday morning, February 9, 2020.
As reported by Dallasnews.com, “Dallas police responded about 6:30 a.m. Sunday to a call about the shooting at the [apartments] in the 3100 block of Cliff Creek Crossing Drive, near East Kirnwood Drive.”
WFAA.com is reporting “David Jeremiah Damato was killed after multiple masked gunmen broke into his second-floor apartment shortly before 6:30 a.m.”
According to the report, “[the victim] and a witness were in a bedroom at the time and heard the glass break in the living room…[the victim] armed himself with a .40-caliber Glock in response. When one of the suspects then confronted [the victim] in the apartment’s bedroom, [the victim] fired several rounds at that suspect…[t]he suspect was shot in the torso by [the victim], which is when [a second suspect] entered the bedroom armed with a “9mm HighPoint rifle,”…[the suspect] allegedly then shot at [the victim] hitting him in the head and torso and killing him.”
Four suspects have been arrested in connection to the home invasion shooting.
The investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Residents and guests of apartment complexes have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the apartment complex is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this shooting may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property, and were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the shooting?
- Was the complex aware of any suspicious persons or suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the apartment complex owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, David Jeremiah Damato‘s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that David Jeremiah Damato‘s family retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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