Wawa Security Guard Shot in Pennsylvania
An off-duty security guard was shot in a Pennsylvania Wawa convenience store after admission was refused to customers due to social distancing guidelines. The incident took place at the East Erie Avenue store in Philadelphia.
A worker at the door deemed the store too crowded for additional customers and instructed a customer to wait until the crowd thinned before entering. A fight broke out as a result of the order. The off-duty guard, Khalil Patterson, who was in the store at the time, intervened and tried to subdue the angry customer who had by that point made his way into the store.
The fight continued and eventually the customer pulled out a gun and shot the off-duty officer, according to FOX29 reports. After firing the weapon, the customer left the store and remains at large.
Have You or a Loved One Been Involved in a Violent Altercation?
In addition to the criminal charges someone will face when convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, victims who are injured in a confrontation have a right to take action. In fact, civil cases are more likely to be successful because plaintiffs are not forced to prove intent in these situations. It is possible to file a civil complaint against someone who has injured you in a violent attack even if criminal charges are dropped or the defendant is found not guilty.
Whether or not the person who hurt you acting intentionally does not matter in a civil assault injury case. However, particularly egregious conduct can lead to punitive damages.
Victims of assault and/or batteryare in control of their civil case, as opposed to the state or public officials as is the case a criminal case. Should you win your case, the defendant does not go to jail or suffer any punishment imposed by the government. Instead, they must provide you with financial compensation that is determined by the jury or court orders. There is a jury in cases such as these unless they are filed in small claims court, which is not frequently the case in assault cases.
Heavens Law represents victims and their families who were injured in incidences of assault and battery. If you or a loved one was injured due to the actions of another person, you deserve experienced legal representation. For more information or to discuss your case, contact Heavens Law at 888.897.5377 to schedule a free consultation.