NH clerk: I was fired for pulling gun on robber

October 16, 2013 8:53:00 AM PDT
A New Hampshire gas station clerk who thwarted an attempted robbery by pulling out a handgun says he was fired hours later for violating a company policy prohibiting staff from carrying firearms.

Shannon "Bear" Cothran told the Telegraph of Nashua he was working at a Shell station in Nashua early Monday when a man approached him brandishing a knife. Police confirm that the would-be robber fled after the clerk pulled out a gun.

Cothran says he then filed a report with Nouria Energy, which owns the station, and was fired hours later even though the store manager and a district manager lobbied to save his job.

Nouria says in a statement that it believes the best way to keep employees and customers safe is to prohibit weapons in the workplace.