Driver’s Widow Files Lawsuit Over Love’s Truck Stop Shooting

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The family of a 48-year-old truck driver who was shot and killed at a Dayton, Ohio Love’s for “acting erratically” has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the security guard, the security company and Love’s.

On December 8, 2013, a 25-year-old security guard shot 48-year-old owner operator Goran Sojic in the arm and chest.

A witness said that Sojic had been asked to leave the truck stop.  The witness claims, some time later, Sojic came back into the truck stop and “charged the guard and was acting erratically” prior to the shooting.

According to ABC 22, the “security officer says he felt threatened by the customer and that’s when he fired shots.”

Sojic was transported to Miami Valley Hospital where he later died.

According to the lawsuit, the family says the security guard, Joshua Karp, “acted inappropriately” and Love’s was negligent.

In an earlier interview, Karp’s attorney, Jon Paul Rion maintained 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.

Police are still investigating the incident. 

Sources: Dayton Daily News

ABC 22

Dayton, Ohio Police Department

Interview with Jon Paul Rion- December 11, 2013