Negligent Security? Our Legal Take: Milledgeville Man Killed in Apartment Robbery-Shooting
Did negligent security contribute to the tragic loss of this Milledgeville man? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the victim’s family may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.
70-year-old Otis Thomas tragically lost his life as consequence of a reported robbery-shooting outside his West Hall Street apartment on August 31, 2016.
According to WMAZ 13, “[Mr.] Thomas was walking through the back door of his apartment when an unknown man grabbed him from behind and shot him in the side before running off with a…duffel bag.”
The Union-Recorder reports, “the Milledgeville Police Department are actively working the case, which is expected to move from an aggravated assault/robbery case to a murder/robbery case.”
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 to those at the apartment complex and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- How did the gunmen gain entry to the property? What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, surveillance cameras and security patrols, were in place and working at the time of the shooting?
- Was the apartment complex aware of any prior criminal activity on or near the property? If so, were additional security precautions implemented by the property owner or management to deter crime?
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 apartment complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security, the family of Otis Thomas may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for his wrongful death.
Based upon its long, extensive, and successful experience in handling negligent security cases against property owners in the State of Georgia, 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.
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