[Video] Circle K Clerk Fired For Shooting at Armed Robber Who Was Holding a Gun to His Head

November 17 2013
by GSL Staff
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Source: 11alive.com Archive: WebCite.org

Johnny Jarriel, of Douglasville, GA, isn’t having the best November.

Jarriel has faced an armed robber who put a gun to his head and he lost his job, all in about 48 hours. The two incidents are actually connected.

Jarriel, who was working as an assistant manager at a Circle K convenience store, was working on some paperwork in a back room just after 9am earlier this month. That’s when an armed robber burst into the room, peppered sprayed Jarriel, put a gun to his head, and told Jarriel that he would kill him unless he opened the store’s safe.

That’s when Jarriel acted. When he saw a brief opportunity when the suspect’s back was turned, he drew his own gun from his pocket and opened fire on the suspect.

Once the shooting started, the suspect fled the area, or as the news anchor in the local report said, ran away like a scared little rabbit.

No one was harmed during the incident and Jarriel is licensed to carry a handgun in the state of Georgia.

However, despite both of those facts, Jarriel was notified a short time later that he was being fired from Circle K for violating the company’s “no guns” policy.

As another clerk who was recently fired for using a gun in self defense in NH said, “Honestly, I can find a new job. It’s an awful lot harder to find new internal organs.”

Jarriel is now protesting his firing by Circle K. He says he was aware of the corporate policy, but chose to carry a gun anyway after another clerk was murdered at the same store.

It is not believed that the suspect was hit by the gunfire and is still being sought by police.

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