The family of Jorge Olguin, who was killed by a security guard at a Red Bird apartment complex last year, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the building’s owners, the security guard and the security company that employs him.
The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred on Sept. 1, 2018. Olguin was fatally shot in front of his wife and two children as they were leaving a birthday party. The suit claims that the guard and apartment complex displayed “heedless, reckless and wanton disregard for the rights, welfare and safety of Jorge Olguín.”
Olguin’s wife, Vanessa Olguin, said that she filed the lawsuit to put pressure on the security company while she and her family awaited on news of criminal charges against the guard.
“That guard left my children with nothing,” Vanessa Olguín said in Spanish. “It’s not fair that he’s out in the streets still and we are suffering.”
Carolyn Baker, president of Wheatland Terrace Partners Ltd., which owns the apartment complex, said that she hasn’t been notified about the lawsuit yet. She did, however, say that she knows about the incident and watched a video clip of it.
“If you saw the recording of the incident, you would know that this is not going to be a good lawsuit. That security guy was jumped,” Baker said.
The lawsuit argues, however, that the security guard “became abusive so the Olguín family decided to leave.” As the family walked to their vehicle, the guard became “very aggressive and pepper sprayed Mr. Olguín and his family.”
Vanessa contends that her husband was unarmed and not a threat to the guard. She said the guard shot her husband multiple times, once in the head.
Vanessa said that she’s been staying with her mother in Mexico because there isn’t anything for her in Dallas anymore.
“It’s been a year and we’ve been abandoned,” she said. “To this day, nothing’s been said to us. I just want justice for my kids.”
Vanessa is seeking $1 million in damages from the lawsuit.