Did negligent security contribute to this motel shooting death 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 shot and killed at a Topeka, Kansas motel Tuesday afternoon, August 24, 2021.
As reported by KSNT.com, “[o]n Tuesday afternoon at around 1:45 p.m. officers were called to the [motel] located at 3846 SW Topeka Blvd. on a report of a shooting.”
WIBW.com is reporting, “[r]esponding officers with the Topeka Police Department said they found 37-year-old, James Epps Jr., of Topeka, suffering from life-threatening injuries believed to be related to the shooting. American Medical Response team members pronounced Epps dead at the scene.”
The investigation is ongoing.
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Motel guests and visitors have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the motel 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 or near the property?
- Was the motel aware of any improper activity before the incident occurred?
- What security measures, such as guarded-entry, monitored surveillance cameras, bright lighting, and visible security patrols were in place to deter crime and protect the victim and others at the time of 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 motel owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its guests and visitors, the family of James Epps Jr. 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 the family of James Epps Jr. retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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