- Ohio university quiz implies atheists are naturally smarter than Christians
- Rep. Henry Cuellar on border crisis: ‘Playing defense on the one-yard line’
- Activists vow to occupy fast-food restaurants to get higher pay
- Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Senate Dems wary of immigration politics
- Summer camp for 1 percenters: Sushi, limos and shopping at FAO Schwarz
- Colorado gun crackdown law found to be built on faulty data
- Hank Aaron steps to fundraising plate for Democrat Michelle Nunn
- ISIL terrorists blow up burial site of Jonah, vow more of same
- Impeach Obama, say 35 percent in new poll
- Taliban yank 14 Shiites off bus, bind and shoot them on Afghan road
N.H. gas station clerk fired for pulling gun on would-be robber
Question of the Day
A New Hampshire gas station clerk was fired from his job of 10 years after he drew his pistol on a would-be robber early Monday morning.
Shannon Cothran, who works at the Shell on Main Street in Nashua, was confronted at about 3 a.m. by a man wielding a knife.
"He was very heavily masked and clothed. He came directly in and produced a knife and came around the corner and threatened my life," Mr. Cothran told CBS Boston.
That's when the clerk pulled out his Ruger pistol, causing the thief to retreat, the report said.
Mr. Cothran, who has a gun permit, said he carried it to protect himself against the rash of robberies in the area, even though carrying a firearm is against his company's policy.
"I knew exactly what I was doing. I made a conscious choice to protect my life and put myself in a situation where I would have to find new employment," he told the station. "I really don't feel that I did anything this noteworthy. I just wanted to get home to my family; that's it. I would rather find a new job than either be in a hospital bed or in a coffin."
Nashua Police Lt. Denis Linehan said, "the clerk acted appropriately. He did fear for his life. He was in close proximity to a deadly weapon."
Nouria Energy Corp. issued a statement Wednesday, explaining that employees are trained to deal with robberies in order to prevent the situation from escalating.
"Cashiers are instructed to give the intruder what they ask for in an attempt to resolve the conflict peacefully and as soon as possible," the statement said. "Make no mistake: We care about the personal well-being of employees like Mr. Cothran, whose years of service are truly appreciated — not about the money in the cash register. So, we are especially grateful that this situation was resolved without injury.
"We do respect the constitutional right to bear arms. However, we believe the best way to keep our employees and customers safe is to prohibit weapons in the workplace," the statement said.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at email@example.com.
- Andrew Cuomo launches statewide task force to collect LGBT data
- Alec Baldwin refuses to apologize for berating cops: 'I’d rather pay the fine'
- Doctor, 2 others shot at Pennsylvania hospital: reports
- Washington Post reporter, 2 other Americans detained in Iran
- Browns fan records himself urinating on grave of former Ravens owner Art Modell
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
Second- and third-stringers eye 2016 if front-runner stumbles
- Michelle Obama says money in politics is bad, asks donors for 'big, fat check'
- Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala blame U.S. for border children crisis
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- EDITORIAL: Detroit's water 'spigot bigots'
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Crime-ridden U.S. cities differ on ways to fight gun violence
- Obama takes aim at 'corporate deserters'
- Let it roll: D.C. Council hits Las Vegas on taxpayer's dime, leaves $14,000 tab
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq