[Video] Walgreens Pharmacist Gets Fired After Using His Concealed Handgun to Fight Off Armed Robbers

September 22 2014
by GSL Staff
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This is an older story, but one that we previously never reported. We wanted to highlight it now as it looks like all of the court proceedings are finally over.

A Walgreens pharmacist found himself without a job after he was fired from his position at Walgreens after opening fire on a pair of armed robbers.

In 2011, two armed robbers entered a 24 hour Walgreens pharmacy in Benton Township around 4am. They took the store manager hostage at gunpoint. The pharmacist on duty, Jeremy Hoven, attempted to call 911, but one of the armed men was behind the counter and in his face before he could complete the call.

Fortunately, Hoven is a licensed concealed carrier, and he was armed. Hoven drew his concealed handgun and opened fire on the pair.

Hoven’s shots missed, but the armed resistance was more than enough to send the pair fleeing from the scene.

A week later, Hoven was rewarded for his heroic effort by having his job terminated by Walgreens.

According to ABC News, this is Walgreens’ logic,

Though Hoven was licensed by the state of Michigan to carry a gun, Walgreen discourages its pharmacists from packing pistols. A spokeswoman for the drug chain told ABC News in an email that while Walgreens would not be able to disclose its policies, they were written to protect the safety of customers and employees.

“Store employees receive comprehensive training on our robbery procedures and how to react and respond,” she wrote. Walgreens’ approach is “endorsed by law enforcement, which strongly advises against confrontation of crime suspects. Compromise is safer.”

Hoven sued Walgreens for wrongful termination. He also says 95% of the responses he’s heard about the incident have been positive. Even members of the local police force think Hoven did the right thing.

However, in late 2012, courts ruled in favor of the pharmacy chain. According to MLIVE,

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A federal judge has upheld the firing of a Walgreens pharmacist who halted an armed robbery with his legally concealed handgun.

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff said Michigan’s Concealed Pistol Licensing Act, or CPLA, did not offer Jeremy Hoven protection after he was fired for violating Walgreens’ rules.

Hoven just recently lost his appeal case against Walgreens earlier this summer.

This is the 51st defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Michigan and the 1,293rd defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was actually shot. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

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