An Orlando Police Officer was brutally shot while responding to a call at an apartment complex. His wife is now suing the estate of the gunman as well as the owner of the apartment complex where the shooting took place, claiming this never would have occurred had proper security measures been in place.
The lawsuit states that the Complex and Apartment Owner should not have allowed the gunman to reside in the building due to his extensive criminal history.
When the cops came to respond to a domestic dispute call, the gunman shot through the door and hit the policer officer in the head. There was a 21-hour standoff after the shooting, while the gunman hid in his apartment. When the cops finally breached the apartment the next day, they found the gunman and four children dead.
The Police Officer remains in a coma.
The law suit describes the gunman as a “violent career criminal with multiple arrests and/or convictions for violent crimes.” At the time of the shooting, the gunman was on probation from a case where he was accused of domestic battery, arson and fleeing from law enforcement. The suit claims the companies and owner were negligent by failing to take proper precautions to protect people on the property from the dangers of this gunman, which were reasonably foreseeable given his past record and current probation. The companies and owners should have run a proper background check, which would have shown the gunman as a unreasonable and dangerous rick to tenants, tenant’s guests and others at the apartment complex.
Not only did the companies fail to run a criminal background check and they also did not provide working keys to the apartment, causing the Police Officer to have to attempt to knock the door down, putting him in the direct line of fire of the gunman that night.
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Samantha Heffernan is a Miami personal injury blogger. She has been blogging about dangerous intersections, car accidents, medical negligence and other related injuries in Miami for several years.