Could this Decatur motel shooting have been prevented, and is justice and compensation available to Mr. Burch’s family?
Hotel security measures are in question after 39-year-old Latonian Burch was reportedly shot and killed at a motel in Decatur Wednesday morning, June 6, 2018.
According to WSB-TV 2, Mr. Burch was shot while answering a knock at his motel room door. Tragically, the father-of-four succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene.
Police are still searching for suspects and told The AJC they do not believe the gunman and victim knew each other.
Was negligent security a factor in this senseless loss of life and could this incident have been prevented? Read Our Legal Take below to find out if Mr. Burch’s family may have legal avenues for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Georgia.
Our Legal Take
Hotel 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 hotel and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
Recent crime reports from Spotcrime.com reveal a number of violent crimes in the surrounding area. Was the hotel owner aware of prior violence on or near property?
- If so, what additional security measures, such as guarded entry, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and off-duty police patrols, were implemented by the hotel owner to deter crime and protect Mr. Burch?
By law, property owners in Georgia are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the hotel owner or management failed to provide adequate security, Mr. Burch’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.
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