Twists in the Most Recent Locksmith News

Second Teenager Succumbs to Injury in Hit and Run

A story that we first posted about on May 27th, a Georgia locksmith was arrested after hitting a group of teenagers who had been walking to their local movie theater. One of those teenagers died at the scene, and it was reported last Friday that a second teenager from the same incident has passed away due to her injuries. The hit and run occurred on May 25th after an area man, Garret Anderson refused to pay a locksmith after his car had been unlocked. The locksmith gave chase to this man and after blocks, the man stopped, but the locksmith lost control of the vehicle striking three teenagers. Two have since died, one remains in the hospital, but is expected to recover.

Man Being Evicted Did Not Fire His Weapon

Another story that we recently posted about came out of Lancaster Count in Nebraska. The initial reports stated that a locksmith as well as deputy officers were completing an eviction of a man who had reoccupied a home he was suppose to be out of. The locksmith arrived on scene and opened the door, when he did the man was standing on the other side of the doorway holding a gun. Originally it was reported that shots were fired in both directions, but police are now reporting that the man who had occupied the home, 64 year old Doug DaMoude, had a rifle which was not loaded and he did not fire first. Police accounts are now that when the door was opened Mr. DaMoude raised his rifle, and not knowing that the gun was unloaded, deputy officers fired on the man killing him. Both deputy officers involved in the shooting were cleared to return to duty and were found to have been acting with the correct use of deadly force, according to their commander. A grand jury will also be convened following the autopsy release of Mr. DaMoude in order to examine whether the use of deadly force was necessary. It is also important to note that prior to this incident Mr. DaMoude had threatened police in letters saying that he did not respect their authority and would kill them if they attempted to evict him from his foreclosed home again.


Locksmith Narrowly Avoids Tragedy

VIA San Francisco Chronicle – It was previously reported that during an eviction last week of a multi-million dollar house, a locksmith was shot. Fortunately the San Francisco Chronicle is now reporting that the locksmith who was on scene was not hit, however the property manager was wounded in the leg. This is the second time in just a matter of months that we have heard of an eviction turning into a possibly deadly confrontation. This is not the first time that we have seen an incident like this during an eviction process back in July we saw a locksmith from Modesto, CA killed while trying to open a security door on a home where there was scheduled to be an eviction.

Luckily during this incident there were no fatalities. This goes to show that, while rare, locksmiths need to be prepared for confrontation when performing evictions with property owners simply because of the nature of the service being completed. Following the shooting of the property manager that the locksmith narrowly avoided, there was a short stand off between the resident and police before he finally surrendered to authorities.

Locksmiths want to prepare themselves to always be on the watch, even though most customers are not inclined to these type of actions. Phila-Locksmith is certainly not immune to situations where evictions can turn hostile and have had people draw weapons on our technician. Luckily cooler heads tend to prevail and we hope that some sort of system can be put in place to help protect locksmiths, in addition to police and property owners, during the eviction process. Phila-Locksmith will continue to monitor for any other hostile eviction encounters, especially in the state of California where these last two incidents had taken place.