Publix sued over fatal shooting at Tarpon Springs store by Arunya Rouch

The March 30 fatal shooting of a Publix employee in the store’s parking lot was “the natural and predictable result of the chain of events set in motion by Publix that morning,” according to a lawsuit filed today on behalf of the estate of shooting victim Greg Janowski.

The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $15,000 for Janowski’s wife, mother and his four children.

Officials with Publix could not immediately be reached for comment.
Arunya Rouch 1
Arunya Rouch

Janowski was killed by Arunya Rouch, who had been fired earlier that morning, according to investigators. The lawsuit, filed by attorney Barry Cohen in Pinellas County, alleges that Publix management created a toxic atmosphere at the Tarpon Springs store where both worked and knew Rouch had made threats against Janowski and had a history of threats and erratic behavior. When Rouch was fired, the store failed to take any steps to protect employees or the public, the suit states.

But the lawsuit is not just about the shooting and the events that led up to it. Cohen, expecting Publix to argue the company is exempt from such a suit under state worker compensation law, argues that the law is unconstitutional and fails to protect workers like Janowski.

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Publix sued over fatal shooting at Tarpon Springs store by Arunya Rouch
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