Adams-Scat sued in robbery shooting

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Saturday, November 1, 2003

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Adams-Scat Security Systems is facing a lawsuit from the father of a convenience store clerk who was killed when the store’s security system sounded an audible rather than a silent alarm.

The father of Tony Keirouz is seeking $7.5 million in damages from the company on behalf of Keirouz’s infant son.

According to the lawsuit, filed in October, Keirouz was working at the Getty Mart in May when the store was held up by two men with guns. The lawsuit states that on the surveillance tape, the first robber is outside and the second is halfway out when the store’s alarm, which is audible on the tape, sounds. The second robber then stops, steps back into the store and shoots Keirouz.

Attorney Jeffrey Breit, who filed the lawsuit, said employees at the store had been trained to trip the silent alarm during robberies and that the alarm had not been audible on previous occasions.

Breit also said that two days before the robbery, technicians from Adams-Scat had tried to reset a code on the system, but were unsuccessful. Another technician had to complete the repairs the next day. That worker said the problem had been fixed, Breit said, but left without testing the system. After the shooting, the system was repaired to work as a silent alarm.

Adams-Scat declined comment on this story.