Family of Love’s Travel Stop shooting victim files lawsuit

Family of shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit.  (WDTN Photo)
Family of shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The family of a man shot and killed by a security guard at the Love’s Travel Stop in Dayton has filed a lawsuit.

Dayton Police say 48-year-old Goran Sojic from Illinois was killed by 25-year-old security guard Joshua Karp in December.

Karp claims Sojic came at him so he acted in self-defense, but now Sojic’s family said that was not the case.

2 NEWS Investigates first told you, security guard, Joshua Karp should not have had a gun while on the job the night he shot and killed Sojic. The state told us they hadn’t fully processed his application. Now, the family of the man killed is using that same information to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

The family of Sojic filed this wrongful death lawsuit with Montgomery County on January 9, nearly a month after he died at the Love’s Travel Stop in Dayton.

They’re seeking action against Joshua Karp, Love’s Travel Shop and the security company Karp was working for, Arrow or Aron Security.

The initial complaint says 25-year-old Karp killed Sojic by using excessive force on someone who did not pose a threat. The family claims Sojic was shot twice, in the chest and arm.

Dayton Police are still investigating and no charges have been filed. They say Karp told them he was acting in self defense that night.

But the lawsuit complaint also said Karp was “wrongfully in possession of a handgun”

2 NEWS Investigates first uncovered that after speaking with the state. They said Karp’s application to be an “armed” security guard had not been approved yet, so he was not allowed to carry a gun on the job.

The complaint goes on accusing Love’s Travel Stop and Arrow Security.  It said they permitted an unlicensed employee to possess and use a gun.

The family is asking for more than $25,000 in damages.

Karp, Arrow Security and Love’s Travel Stop are denying the allegations and want the suit dismissed.

The case has been requested to be moved to Federal District Court. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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