Accent Signage settles lawsuit over 2012 workplace shooting


Two years after the deadly workplace shooting at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, the family of one of the victims has reached an undisclosed settlement with the company, the Associated Press reports.

Jacob Beneke (pictured), 34, and the father of a young son, was one of six people killed by employee Andrew Engeldinger on Sept. 27, 2012, before Engeldinger turned the gun on himself. It was the deadliest workplace shooting in Minnesota history.

The lawsuit filed by Beneke's family alleged that Accent Signage should have known Engeldinger had violent tendencies, was mentally unstable and was a potential danger to others.

It originally named Engeldinger's estate as well, but last summer a judge dismissed the claims against the estate but allowed the suit against the company to move forward.

The Beneke family's attorney Phil Villaume said the case was resolved by mutual agreement a few weeks ago, but did not disclose any details of the settlement. In a statement, Accent Signage confirmed the settlement but also declined further comment, according to MPR News.

On the day of the shooting, Engeldinger went on a shooting spree inside the company immediately after being fired, ultimately killing five colleagues and a UPS driver, before killing himself. Engeldinger was fired for work performance issues, including being late for work 35 days in a row.

The lawsuit also claimed the company should have increased security the day company officials planned to fire Engeldinger.

In the days after the shooting, Engeldinger's family revealed that their son had been diagnosed with depression and showed signs of schizophrenia, and they tried repeatedly over two years to convince him to seek treatment, the Associated Press reported.

But he refused to do so, and there was nothing else they could do because Minnesota law doesn't allow people to be forced into treatment without proof that they are a threat to themselves or others.

Next Up

YouTube - Minnesota DNR - watering tree

Tips for watering trees during severe drought, sprinkler restrictions

How can you keep your valued trees healthy? Just follow these simple steps.

police tape, crime scene

Minnesota saw record number of murders in 2020, BCA says

The BCA released its annual Uniform Crime Report on Tuesday.

Flickr - Red Lake Nation sign - Ken Lund

Red Lake police officer fatally shot on Tuesday

The officer was reportedly shot near Redby.


Child dies, driver critically injured in crash on I-90 in Faribault County

The crash happened at approximately 11:24 p.m. Tuesday.

coronavirus, COVID-19 test

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, July 27

The newest data from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Cold Spring

Charges: Family terrorized by alleged racist stalker who drove truck into their home

The victims say they had been targeted and stalked for 83 days prior to the incident.

Ricky Eloy Ramirez

Charges: TX man was acting paranoid before he shot man in MN hotel

He's accused of shooting the victim six times, killing him.

Meeker County Sheriff's Office

Suspect flees deputies on scooter, pickup truck before being Tasered

He was eventually tased while in a third vehicle, and arrested.

bonfire burning restrictions fire

7 counties added to Minnesota DNR's campfire burning ban

This comes amid the ongoing drought that's impacting the entire state.

storm damage

Storm damage in northern MN; severe weather threat through Wednesday

Storms could pack a punch again Tuesday and especially Wednesday.


Accent Signage vows to press on after workplace shooting

Officials at Accent Signage in Minneapolis vowed Monday that the company will continue operations despite the Sept. 27 shooting that left seven dead and two wounded. "Their loss has taken a tremendous toll on our company and had an unimaginable impact on our families," said Shereen Rahamim, wife of the slain owner.