Jonathan Hart Hollywood Shooting: 21-Year-Old Jonathan Hart Who Went By Sky Was Tragically Killed By A Security Guard At Los Angeles Walgreens
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA (December 4, 2018) An unarmed 21-year-old man who was identified as Jonathan Hart was shot and killed by a Walgreens security guard as he was trying to leave the store.
The man who went by Sky died shortly after a confrontation with a security guard. Los Angeles police are saying that the security guard opened fire on Sunday night as the victim was trying to leave the store.
The Walgreens security guard said the the victim was attempting to shoplift prior to the shooting. But the friends of Jonathan Hart are saying that this is not true.
Sky was taken to the hospital in order to be treated for a gunshot wound to his upper body. He later died as a result of his injuries.
The Walgreens by Sunset and Vine remained closed as police continued their investigation. Walgreens released a statement in the aftermath of the shooting.
“We’re deeply concerned about this incident and the loss of life. We’re gathering facts and fully cooperating with law enforcement in the ongoing investigation of the incident. The safety and security of all our customers and employees is our top priority.”
A vigil will be held on Tuesday as the family of the victim are demanding answers about what happened.
Liability In Shootings With Security Guards
Security guards have a responsibility to maintain a reasonably safe environment for the stores or businesses that they protect. When a security guard uses force in the course of their job duties there is a line between reasonable and excessive force. For example, if a security guard is charged with removing an intoxicated patron from a store it is generally reasonable for the guard to grab the suspect and physically remove them.
A security guard should never use deadly force to prevent shoplifting. It’s best for security guards to coordinate with law enforcement officers to handle these situations. It is completely unacceptable for a police officer or security guard to open fire on a suspect that is fleeing. Such behavior may impose criminal liability on the responsible security guard. Deadly force should be used only when a security guard feels that their life’s in jeopardy. When a security guard uses excessive force the company that hired them may face civil liability for the suspect’s injuries or death. Victim’s will be able to get justice for the actions of security guards by filing a wrongful death claim.
Getting A Police Report After A Security Guard Shooting
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jonathan Hart. What happened at this Walgreens is completely outrageous. It is doubtful that the victim was shoplifting in the first place, but even if that turns out to be the case that does not justify his killing. If Walgreens is truly concerned about what happened, they can start with removing this security guard from his position during the investigation. Any witnesses that may have seen what happened should come forward and speak with investigators.
If someone that you love has been killed to the recklessness of a security guard you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys can investigate your claim and let you know what your options are. Neama Rahmani, our firm president, has extensive experience as both a trial attorney and federal prosecutor. We are committed to getting justice for our clients and holding companies responsible for their actions. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need help investigating an incident we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.
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