Mackelle Lemon Burnett Killed in Summit West Apartments Armed Robbery, Tampa
41-year-old Mackelle Lemon Burnett was reportedly shot and killed during a robbery home invasion at the Summit West Apartments Wednesday, December 28, 2016.
According to The Tampa Bay Tribune, “police received a 911 call shortly before 6 p.m. about a shooting and burglary in progress at the Summit West Apartments, 11500 Summit West Blvd. Officers arrived and found [Mr.] Burnett…with at least one gunshot wound.” According to authorities, two assailants “forced their way into [Mr.] Burnett’s apartment and a struggle began.” Following the shooting, “[i]nvestigators believe [the assailants]…fled in a white Kia.”
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Our Legal Take
Apartment complex residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided in the complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- How did the assailants gain entry to the property? What security measures, such as gated entry, security patrols, bright lighting, and surveillance cameras, were in place to deter crime at the time of the shooting?
- Have there been any prior incidents of violence on or near property? If so, were any additional security precautions implemented by the apartment owner or management to protect residents and guests?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all 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 Mackelle Lemon Burnett may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims 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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