Pharmacist Jeremy Hoven has a concealed carry license which he obtained subsequent to having his pharmacy robbed in 2007. Workers at that pharmacy had asked Walgreens to step up security measures there, to no avail.
On May 8th, Hoven again was confronted by armed robbers at the Walgreens on Napier Avenue in Benton Township, Michigan. The event was recorded on store cameras.
Police Lieutenant Delmar Lange supported Hoven’s actions, saying that Hoven had no alternative. A store manager’s family sent Hoven a thank-you card showing a pic of his four children.
Hoven had retreated as far as possible in the situation, and fired only after a robber jumped the counter and confronted him.
Walgreens policy allows customers in the store to have concealed carry weapons, but not employees. Hoven stated that he had not been aware of this. Concerns about non-specific OSHA regulations are possibly to blame for the situation forbidding employees to carry firearms in this instance. It’s OK only for customers and criminals.
Hoven’s lawyer is determining whether to pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit, which is likely to be a complex matter, but could go further with the involvement of a government regulation.
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