Accent Signage sued for way it handled firing of mass shooter Andrew Engeldinger
The family of Beneke (right) is suing the estate of Engeldinger (left) and Accent Signage itself.
The family of Jake Beneke filed a lawsuit against the estate of mass shooter Andrew Engeldinger and the company they both worked for, Accent Signage, for allegedly handling Engeldiner's termination in a negligent manner.
Citing Engeldinger's history of struggling with mental illness, the lawsuit makes a case that "A reasonable employer in Accent's position would have, among other things, provided adequate security on its premises, locked its doors, monitored Engeldinger, and would have attempted to terminate Engeldinger in a safe manner."
More from the Star Tribune:
The lawsuit alleges Beneke, who referred to Engeldigner as his "nemesis," knew he was going to be fired that day [September 27] and was asked to keep the information a secret. On the day of the shootings, the lawsuit said Beneke drove a different vehicle to work than he normally did, and told his wife that "It's good I'll have the truck, because if he goes crazy, he won't recognize that I have a different car."
The lawsuit alleges Engeldinger drank alcohol on the job, and that he was frequently warned about being late for work, and his poor treatment of colleagues. According to the lawsuit, the company should have known he owned several firearms and routinely practiced at a firing range.
Contrary to the lawsuit's claims, Engeldinger's court and employment records show no history of physical threats or violence prior to the shootings -- only repeated warnings for being late to work and being verbally abrasive with colleagues.
Beneke, 34, was one of six killed during the mass shooting, including Engeldinger himself. He is survived by a wife and young son. The lawsuit seeks upward of $50,000 in damages.
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