John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Feb. 7, 2013, 12:55pm

HOUSTON - An alleged shooting at a Houston apartment complex last year has prompted the venue's security guard to file a lawsuit.

In court documents submitted Feb. 4 before Houston federal court, Eben Jacks claims he was hurt in the June 2012 incident and faults Venterra Realty Management Co. Inc.

Patrick O'Neal Spurlock, a former tenant at the Wilshire Place Apartments in Northwest Houston, reportedly fired at Jackson on June 27, 2012.

According to the suit, the plaintiff sustained injuries to his back and head as well as lost his right eye.

The alleged assailant also shot a resident and one of the complex's maintenance workers.

Spurlock fled the scene in a stolen vehicle and was later killed in a shootout with the Houston Police Department, according to the suit.

Jacks was hospitalized for almost a month and underwent several weeks of rehabilitation afterwards, the suit says. Physicians performed surgical procedures on and around the affected eye and replaced it with a prosthetic.

The suit asserts that Wilshire Place failed to inform Jacks that Spurlock had been evicted and barred from the property.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney L. Lee Thweatt with Terry & Thweatt PC in Houston is representing the plaintiff.

Case No. 4:13-CV-260

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