Concealed carry permit holder stops hostage situation
. . . 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. . . .