2 NEWS Investigates: Why no charges in travel stop shooting

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS Investigates first told you security guard Joshua Karp, who wasn’t supposed to have a gun on the job, shot and killed a man.

So why is he not being charged?

That was the decision from a grand jury this week, after the death of 48-year-old Goran Sojic at a Love’s Truck Stop back in December.

“This was a tragedy for all involved but not something that’s actionable in law,” said Karp’s Attorney Jon Paul Rion.

Rion sums it up in two words. Self defense.

“I think the bottom line is people shouldn’t attack people. Because people have a right to use self defense in response.”

Rion said surveillance video and witness statements helped paint the picture of what happened that December 8th night. He said Sojic charged armed security guard Karp behind an enclosed cash register area. He said Karp told him to stop, but when Sojic refused to listen he was shot.

But 2 NEWS Investigates first told you Karp was not supposed to have that gun in the first place. His application to be an armed security guard had not been fully processed by the state. But Rion said in this case that didn’t matter.

“Because the rights of a security guard are no different than the rights of a normal citizen I think it was a distinction without a difference as it relates to the self defense claim.”

Karp could still end up in a courtroom. Sojic’s family has filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Loves, Karp, and the company he worked for, Aron Security.

The attorney for the family issued a statement about the Grand Jury’s decision that reads in part,

“The no bill decision is very troubling and disappointing to the family of Mr. Sojic. Where the criminal process failed, the civil action will hold accountable all of the parties whose conduct ended this law abiding citizen’s life.”

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