Glufton, TX – January 6, 2019
Did negligent security contribute to this senseless Glufton apartment shooting and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Declues and Mr. Debose?
Security measures are under scrutiny after 63-year-old Marian Declues and 55-year-old Vernon Debose were shot and injured in the courtyard of a Glufton apartment complex Sunday morning, January 6, 2019.
Police told The Houston Chronicle, gunfire erupted “at a complex on Westward and Elm around midnight.” Both Mr. Declues and Mr. Debose were transported “to Ben Taub Hospital with non-life-threatening wounds,” per Midland Reporter-Telegram reports.
Another apartment courtyard shooting occurred in the area of Westward and Elm in April 2018, per CW 39 reports.
Our Legal Take
Apartment 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 at the apartment complex and whether this shooting may have been prevented.
- What additional security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, monitored surveillance cameras, bright lighting, and visible security patrols, were implemented by the complex owner and management following media reports of prior gun violence in the area?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Marian Declues and Vernon Debose may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their injuries.
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 victims retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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