Loomis Armored US LLC and Campus Federal Credit Union recently came under fire in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the “wife of an armored truck employee who was shot and killed while servicing an ATM outside a Mid-City bank last year.” The wife, Erica McBride, alleges in the suit that her husband, James McBride, died as a “result of the joint negligence” by both parties.
Loomis Armored US LLC and Campus Federal Credit Union recently came under fire in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the “wife of an armored truck employee who was shot and killed while servicing an ATM outside a Mid-City bank last year.” The wife, Erica McBride, alleges in the suit that her husband, James McBride, died as a “result of the joint negligence” by both parties. She is seeking damages for the “pain, suffering and mental anguish her husband suffered prior to his death, and for medical, funeral and burial expenses she incurred as a result of his death,” according to the suit. The lawsuit itself was filed last week by McBride’s attorney, Patrick Follette.
What happened, though? What were the events leading up to James McBride’s death? According to the lawsuit, McBride was “servicing an ATM around 4:30 p.m. on May 31, 2017, when two robbers opened fire on him and other Loomis employees.” The two robbers, Deltoine Scott and Jerome Kieffer, we later indicted and are “awaiting trial on federal charges of attempted bank robbery resulting in death, using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence that resulted in death, and making false statements to a federal agent.”
When commenting on the incident, the chief development officer for Campus Federal Credit Union, Ron Moreau, referred to the shooting as “tragic, random act of hate.” He added, “There’s not a day that goes by I don’t keep the McBride family in my thoughts and prayers.” He didn’t comment further on the allegations against Campus Federal, though, because the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.
Loomis representatives have also declined to comment on the pending litigation.
In the lawsuit, Loomis and Campus Federal are both accused of not doing enough to prevent the fatal shooting. In fact, it alleges that “Loomis did not properly train its guards and other employees, including her husband.” Additionally, it also claims the “company failed to make sure the banks its employees visited had guards on site when Loomis employees were servicing ATMs and delivering or retrieving cash.”
This is what happened the day James visited Campus Federal Credit Union. It wasn’t properly staffed with security personnel. According to the lawsuit, Campus Federal “didn’t have sufficient security procedures in place to discourage or deter violent crimes.” It also alleged, “the credit union did not have a security guard on the premises when Loomis and its employees serviced ATMs and delivered or retrieved money from the bank.”
As a result, the McBride said in her lawsuit, “Campus Federal’s actions, inactions, and omissions occurred in such a manner as to constitute gross negligence.” She added that “Loomis had several similar occurrences resulting in fatal injuries to its guards before her husband was killed” and noted those incidents should have “served as actual notice of the likelihood of fatal injuries to its guards under similar circumstances.”