Pharmacist Foils Robbery at Walgreens, Gets Fired

If an employee at your store foiled a robbery and saved the lives of customers and workers alike by firing a concealed weapon he was licensed to carry, would you:

A. Promote him and give him a raise.

B. Honor him as a hero and give him a bonus.

C. Unceremoniously fire him.

A Walgreens in Benton Township, Mich., chose 'C' recently, by letting night-shift pharmacist Jeremy Hoven go for firing a handgun during an armed robbery, causing masked gunmen to flee.

The Herald-Palladium reports that when Hoven saw a robber waving a gun running down the aisle towards him, he first tried to call 911, but there wasn't enough time. Before he knew it, the robber had jumped over the counter and was pointing a 9mm pistol at him, holding it gangster-style.

Was the pharmacist fired unfairly?
Yes26969 (91.4%)
No2551 (8.6%)

At that point, Hoven pulled out his own concealed gun and fired three to four shots -- whether or not he made contact has not been reported, but Hoven says the gunman tried to fire back, and his gun failed. At that point, he and another robber fled the store.

Hoven reports that he is not aware of any official Walgreens' policy prohibiting employees from carrying concealed firearms at work. And after reviewing the security video footage, law enforcement authorities note that Hoven appears to have done nothing illegal. Meanwhile, Hoven's attorney is investigating the possibility of filing a wrongful termination lawsuit.

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Just Moi

To those who say he could have killed a customer, I found a more detailed story on an abc news site:

Hoven, in an interview with the Benton Township Herald-Palladium, said he had acted out of fear. "The adrenaline was taking over," he said. "You could have probably taken my pulse from my breath, because my heart was beating that much." Only 42 seconds elapsed, start to finish. All the action was captured on surveillance video.

Before firing, Hoven first tried dialing 911. But before he could complete the call, the first of the two robbers had vaulted over a counter and was standing five feet away from him. That's when the pharmacist went for his own gun and opened fire.

Peter Kosick of St. Joseph, Hoven's attorney, tells ABC News that, in his opinion, Walgreens should have commended his client for bravery. That, too, is the opinion of township police Lt. Delman Lange, who, after reviewing the surveillance video, told the local paper, "If it was me, I would have done the same thing."

June 27 2011 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sndmnandy

ufortunately the pharmacist on long island wasnt carrying a weapon. If he was maybe the four victims would still be alive and the perp would be deceased. The guy is a hero

June 26 2011 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MJThomas

I will now be boycotting Walgreens and I would advise others do the same. It is shameful that any organization would prefer their employees be victimized and their inventories stolen, driving prices up....than to allow them the basic right of self defense. I think this is reprehensible and unless Walgreens is willing to provide armed security for their employees then they should not take such action against measures to defend co-workers or self. And people wonder why I don't feel sacrificing family, friends, or life for employment is worth it.

June 24 2011 at 2:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Just Moi

I'm sure they'd prefer the outcome that happened in NY this past Sunday when 4 people were shot & killed. Pharmacy workers are sitting ducks these days, easy targets. Even going into a pharmacy now, I take stock of who is there.

June 24 2011 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JAYE

yeah this happened my supervisor he tried to stop a robber at Walmart in Fl & he got fired after 15 years of service How crazy is that.

June 24 2011 at 12:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Bob

In any other country in the world the Pharmacist would have been hailed as a hero and been given a bonus. Thirty Years ago ( PRE ACLU MARY POPPINS EMBRACE YOUR ENEMY ) world, the same would be said in the USA. If I were The Governor of Michigan I`d make it my personal Quest to get the CEO of WAG fired and I`d hire the Pharmacist as a member of my cabinet.

June 23 2011 at 12:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Ed Photog

The employee shoud be lauded for protecting the customers by foiling the robbery. If a customer with a legal cancealed weapon did the same thing they would be treated as a hero. Buy this pharmacist a Life membership in NRA and give him a life membership at a local target range.
An armed society is a polite society.

June 21 2011 at 2:19 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
daisylly109

This is a tough one only because the Pharmacist was carrying a gun in the first place. Obviously, his employers didn't know that, and that is a potential problem for employers; employees who carry concealed weapons (not a good idea). On the other hand, this particular situation worked out for the employees and all the customers. The Pharmacist certainly deserves praise for saving his own and others' lives. However, there needs to be the policy of concealed weapons at work clearly defined.

June 21 2011 at 11:37 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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joem

Goodbye Walgreens and any other business that would rather protect the thugs instead of acknowledging the sensible people who believe in self defense. I don't intent to enter these stores until they change their ridiculous policies.

June 20 2011 at 11:10 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Bob

I agree WHOLE HEARTEDLY JOEM, I was looking for a good excuse to quit patronizing the OVERPRICED WALGREENS, THIS EVE$NT QUALIFIES.

June 23 2011 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Backlash

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants;

they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

(Quoting Cesare Beccaria)

June 20 2011 at 12:11 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Just Moi

To Wealth Builder, who referenced the killing at Luby's years ago. I do not recall that there was anyone who aimed a gun at the killer & was shot to death. Can you reference it for me please? I do recall that someone who left her handgun in her car wished she had risked arrest by bringing her gun inside. That person is Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives. Check her out on YouTube & listen to her story of that horrible day. She and her parents were having lunch at the Luby's. She had left her gun in her car to comply with Texas state law at the time, which forbade carrying a concealed weapon. Both her parents were shot to death. Dr. Hupp escaped with her life. You can see her speak about her experience on YouTube. It'll make you think.

By the way, 4 people were shot to death this a.m. (Sun., June 19, 2011) at a family-owned pharmacy in Bedford, NY. I wonder if any of the four had a gun. Pharmacies are targets for this type of violence. We need to understand this & allow people to defend their lives. The pharmacist who was fired was trained & licensed to carry a gun; he wasn't some trigger-happy loon with a yen to shoot someone.

June 19 2011 at 8:55 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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