Many shoppers go to the local dollar store expecting a bargain, but one customer in Lufkin got much more than that.
Here is how one man’s trip to the store ended up costing him his life when he came face-to-face with an armed robber.
Dollar store trip turns deadly
In November 2017, an unknown masked man entered the local Dollar General in Lufkin. After an unsuccessful attempt at retrieving money from the register, the burglar gunned down a nearby customer. Within seconds, the robber shot the unsuspecting man where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Although there was security footage that captured the robbery, the perpetrator remains at large.
This month, the victim’s family filed a lawsuit against the company’s store. The lawsuit alleges that the store was negligent when they failed to implement adequate security measures including employing security personnel and that the company did not take reasonable action in preventing the risk of harm. The Dollar General is located in an area with frequent violent criminal activity and that the company should have known of the foreseeable danger of a crime occurring, according to the petition.
In addition to the wrongful death lawsuit, the family is also seeking compensation for the mental anguish, bereavement and physical pain that the victim went through before he died.
While wrongful death lawsuits don’t bring the victim back, they can give the family an opportunity to seek justice on behalf of their loved one. Wrongful death lawsuits can also invoke change and help to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. If successful, this lawsuit could give companies a reason to double-check their own security measures and see if they are able to keep their customers safe in an emergency.