5/24/2011

Concealed carry permit holder stops hostage situation

Two robbers in Michigan wearing masks and gloves and carrying handguns were in the process of holding people at a Walgreens hostage. They were stopped by a concealed carry permit holder. The Lt. overseeing the investigation said: "If it was me, I would have done the same thing."

. . . But there was one thing two robbers didn't anticipate when they barged into a Benton Township Walgreens drugstore early Sunday and tried to march workers into the back room: A worker already in back carried a handgun and knew how to use it.

Township police Lt. Delmar Lange said the worker fired multiple shots at one of the bandits, forcing the men to flee.

"He could see the hostage situation developing," Lange said. "He could not retreat any farther. He was in the back room. If it was me, I would have done the same thing."

Lange said the worker, whose name was not released, saw one of the robbers force another worker from the front of the building toward the rear. That robber then saw the worker in back and started to pursue him.

The worker then fired multiple shots.

The robber tried to fire back, but his gun malfunctioned. The robber and his partner ran out. . . .

Lange said security camera videos indicate the worker acted appropriately. He said the videos show that the robbers were "very aggressive and very dangerous in what they did and how they did it."

He said the worker was licensed to carry the concealed handgun.


UPDATE: Even though the police said the permit holder did exactly what the police would have done, it looks like Walgreens fired the pharmacist who stopped the crime.

A Walgreens pharmacist who chased two armed thieves out of the Benton Township Walgreens is taking a hit for his actions. The Herald Palladium reports that the national chain fired 35 year old Jeremy Hoven, a licensed conceal and carry gun owner. Walgreens wouldn't comment on the firing of Hoven, but told the paper that they have trained staff on what they should do in such situations and are adding more surveillance cameras to stores. . . .

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5 Comments:

Blogger David said...

Is this the same one where the permit holder was fired by Walgreens?

5/24/2011 3:16 PM  
Blogger Dwight said...

Isn't this the same employee (a pharmacist I believe) whom walgreen's fired as a result of this incident?

5/24/2011 4:29 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

"Walgreens wouldn't comment on the firing of Hoven, but told the paper that they have trained staff on what they should do in such situations and are adding more surveillance cameras to stores. . . ."

Unbelievable! Are the staff supposed to just place their heads between their legs and kiss their butts goodbye? Here we have an employee who placed himself in the line of fire in order to protect his fellow co-workers from two thugs, and this is the thanks he gets?

Additional surveillance cameras may protect Walgreens from potential lawsuits, but they will not protect staff and customers from death as a result of a hostage situation gone bad!

In a nutshell, this is just another example of mental conditioning that our Government and so called anti gunners have forced upon all of us in the name of saftey. Then again, if criminals were to be eliminated from this country by armed citizens, the government would no longer have a bad excuse to disarm the citizenry...

5/25/2011 10:22 AM  
Blogger TooMuchTime said...

I will be sending an email to Walgreens telling them I will stop patronizing their stores for firing the person directly responsible for ending a potentially deadly hostage situation.

5/25/2011 11:48 AM  
Blogger Rail Claimore said...

Well what do you expect from a company based in Chicago?

5/26/2011 4:20 PM  

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