On Sunday, 25-year-old security guard Joshua Karp fatally shot 48-year-old owner operator Goran Sojic in the arm and chest.
The incident occurred at the newly-opened Love’s in Dayton, Ohio.
According to ABC 22, Karp said he felt “threatened by the customer and that’s when he fired shots.”
Karp’s attorney, Jon Paul Rion maintains that his client acted “properly and in accordance with his training,” the Dayton Daily News reported.
“Ohio Dept. of Safety spokesman Joseph Andrews said Karp was hired by Arrow Security Oct. 30, 2013 and that Karp was in ‘applied status’ until the registration is complete and background checks are done. That status means Karp was not permitted to carry a weapon,” the Dayton Daily News reported.
Rion said that Karp had been approved for the firearms bearers designation and he was just waiting on the card.
Karp reportedly completed security guard training through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in the summer of 2012. Two months later, Karp got his first fire bearers registration with 1st Choice Security.
In the state of Ohio, security guards must apply for new designation and registration every time they switch companies.
CDLLife spoke with Rion who said that Karp underwent three times the training that is required of security guards.
Rion said his client is “deeply saddened” by the incident.
“This is a great tragedy, something you wish had never happened. [Karp] wishes from the bottom of his hear that this had never happened.”
Rion described Karp as a sensible man. He says that Karp has voluntarily removed himself from his position as a security guard.
Police are investigating the incident and are viewing surveillance footage of the shooting.
At this time, no charges have been filed and no one has been taken into custody.
Dayton, Ohio Police Department