Family of slain truck driver files wrongful death lawsuit in Ohio

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Family members of an owner-operator fatally shot at a newly-opened Love’s Travel Stop in Dayton, Ohio, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in state court in Ohio.

Goran Sojic, 48, of Naperville, Ill., was shot twice and killed on Dec. 8 by a Love’s security guard, Joshua Karp. In October 2013, Karp, 25, was hired by Aron Security Inc., doing business as Arrow Security.

Karp has been named the primary defendant in the complaint. Aron Security and Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. have also been named as defendants in the suit.

The lawsuit, which was filed in state court, was removed by Love’s attorneys to federal court on Feb. 12. The case was then remanded back to the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas on Feb. 14, where it was originally filed in January.

Micah Siegal, attorney with Gottschlich & Portune LLP in Dayton, told Land Line on Tuesday, Feb. 18, that many details regarding the shooting remain unanswered. He said his firm plans to send out discovery requests this week to Love’s, asking them “to produce the video footage of the event.”

“At some point, there was an interaction between the decedent, Mr. Sojic, and a security guard, a young man, by the name of Joshua Karp,” Siegal said. “At that point, Mr. Karp fired two shots, and hit Mr. Sojic. He died en route to the hospital or shortly after arriving at the hospital.”

Siegal said Sojic was unarmed at the time of the incident. He said in one of the three 911 calls received by Dayton police following the shooting, the 911 dispatcher had to instruct those at the scene to administer first aid until paramedics arrived on the scene.

Court documents allege Karp “did not have authority from the state of Ohio to possess a firearm in the performance of his duties as a security guard in the state of Ohio.”

A Dayton Daily News report states that while Karp’s security company had applied for his license to carry a weapon through the Ohio Department of Safety, his application was in “applied status” and he had not received his official permit to carry a gun on the job.

“It’s a law in Ohio and elsewhere, you don’t shoot somebody unless you have a legitimate fear for your own life or you are defending yourself,” Siegal told Land Line on Tuesday.

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