Las Vegas Bus Argument Turns Fatal
Metro Police were called out to a fatal altercation on February 26th at around 4:50 P.M. According to initial reports, 59-year-old Aaron Cole was arguing with the victim, a 30-year-old male, on a public bus before the altercation took a deadly turn. Cole reportedly pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim. By the time authorities arrived, the victim was in critical condition. Despite being rushed to a hospital, he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Cole was immediately arrested at the scene. He’s been charged with open murder.
While the investigation is still ongoing, unsettling details are now emerging surrounding the perpetrator. Just ten days prior to this fatal stabbing, the suspect was reportedly arrested by Las Vegas Metro police for threatening a different person with a knife on a bus. While the suspect did face significant charges as a result of that incident, he was later released on bail.
That’s not the only concerning spot on the perpetrator’s record, either. The suspect also served more than 20 years in Texas prison after committing second-degree murder, which was later reduced to an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.
How to Handle a Wrongful Death Situation
Clearly, so many things went wrong in this situation, and the perpetrator should have never been in a position to harm someone again. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased.
While nothing can bring back a loved one, there may be some legal recourse for surviving loved ones who have lost relatives in similar situations.
That’s because the city of Las Vegas has a legal duty to provide for the care and safety of everyone using public transportation, like public buses. Now, of course, that doesn’t meant that the city can entirely prevent crimes like the one described above. The city can, however, take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of those who use public transportation.
When the city fails to take reasonable steps to ensure everyone’s safety, then they can be held legally liable for losses that result from an accident or crime. Negligent security is a type of personal injury civil claim. Survivors can potentially receive compensation for losses they’ve endured as a result of losing their loved one, including burial costs, funeral expenses, and a loss of spousal or parental support.
If you think you might have the basis to seek out a wrongful death claim, then it’s best to consult with a lawyer. Contact our firm today to discuss your situation in more detail with one of our lawyers.