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Taj Ferrell Killed In Assault at Syracuse Dollar General Store

Taj Ferrell, 41, Died After Fight At Dollar General Store Located In Syracuse

Taj Ferrell Killed In Assault at Syracuse Dollar General Store

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK (December 14, 2021) – A 41-year-old man identified as Taj Ferrell has tragically died after a fight inside a Dollar General store on Salina Street.

Onondaga County police officials are saying that the incident took place on November 24th. Taj Ferrell was involved in some type of altercation that spilled into the dollar store parking lot.

During the fight, the victim was hit in the head with a metal pole or pipe. By the time paramedics arrived, Taj Ferrell was already unconscious and laying on the ground.

Police have arrested one person in connection with the assault. They have since been charged with manslaughter.

Liability In Syracuse Fights At Dollar General

Fights in retail stores are up substantially in 2021 over the previous year. According to one report from Retail Drive, “fatalities and violent incidents in retail were at an all-time high in 2020 and up roughly 40% since 2016. There were 485 fatal retail incidents last year, resulting in 523 deaths across the United States.” There are a number of steps that retail stores can take to help reduce violent assaults on their property.

  • Security cameras can help reduce violent assaults.
  • Security guards can deter violent assaults.
  • Well-lit premises can help reduce assaults.

All property owners in New York have a legal obligation to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This must be done for the benefit of all persons on a property whose presence is reasonably foreseeable. Maintaining a safe premises includes taking reasonable security measures to protect guests from violence. The level of security that a business needs will depend on the history of criminal activity at any location and the history of criminal activity in the area where the business is located. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any assault.

  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that died in an assault at Dollar General may be able to seek aid through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. Sadly, though, businesses will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for any assault on their property. A New York premises liability attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

 Investigating A Deadly Syracuse Fight At Dollar General

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Taj Ferrell. Any person that may have information about this assault should reach out to police. This was a senseless tragedy that should have never taken place.  Is there a history of violence at this Dollar General? Does it have security cameras? Could this tragedy have been prevented? It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to make this store safer for all of those that shop and work there.

Do you need more information about an assault that took place in Syracuse? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the information and support that they are entitled to. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an assault we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at  (516) 908-9792.


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