An AutoZone employee was fired for violating the auto store chain’s “zero tolerance gun policy” after he used his personal handgun to stop a serial robber and possibly saving his manager’s life in the process.
From TV station WTKR:
Each time, the MO is the same: He walks in, flashes a gun and takes off with the cash.
But this time, an AutoZone employee decided he was going to take action!
“I was in fear of my life as soon as he walked through the door and I see the gun. Your heart just starts pounding,” says Devin McClean, a former Auto Zone employee.
Devin McClean decided to take action after recognizing the Fake Beard Bandit.
“I waited for him to go up toward the front, I ran out of the restroom, ran out to my truck where I keep my own personal weapon, grabbed my weapon, came back into the store and confronted the guy,” says McClean.
“When I yelled “freeze” and I said “Stop, drop the weapon,” he threw his hands up with his gun still in his hand he started running,” says McClean. “I felt like it was my responsibility to step in.”
Devin’s manager is grateful.
“He was like “Thank you Devin, you really saved my life,” says McClean.
Two days later, McClean was fired.
NewsChannel 3 spoke to a representative at AutoZone’s corporate office, and he says that the company has a zero tolerance policy for employees having weapons inside the store.