Video Transcript: Worker Fired For Pulling Gun on Robbers
From NBC News, this is Today with Matt Lauer and Ann Curry. Live from Studio 1A in Rockefeller Plaza. And good morning, welcome to Today and a Monday morning. I’m Matt Lauer. Good morning everyone. I’m Savannah Guthrie, heard after he used a gun to foil an armed robbery attempt, and it was all captured on surveillance video. NBC’s John Yang is in Benton Harbor Michigan this morning with details. Good morning to you John. Good morning Savannah. This is the Walgreen’s where it all happened where pharmacist Jeremy Hovan did stop that attempted arm robbery. Some hailed him as a hero, but Walgreens fired him. Now he’s making a federal case out of it, suing Walgreens for wrongful termination. Security cameras capture the brazen late night robbery attempt and the seemingly quick witted heroic response. A masked gunman leaps over the counter and points a gun at pharmacist Jeremy Hovan in the blue shirt. In response, Hovan draws his own weapon. I feared for my life. And in self-defense, I fired my weapon as I continued to move from him. Instead of being rewarded, Hovan was fired. No life was lost, no life was harmed, and nothing was stolen. So in that context, I think he was a hero. Hovan was on the overnight shift at the Benton Harbor Michigan Walgreen’s last May when two armed men burst in, one holds the guns of the back of another worker and the second jumps the pharmacy counter trying three times to shoot Hovan, but the gun wouldn’t fire. The gunman advanced on me rapidly. He hurdled over the counter in a single motion and pointed his weapon at me. The gunman repeatedly attempted to fire upon me. Hovan says he tried to call 911. And he can be seen holding a phone in his right hand and a gun in his left. He says he fired three times not wounding the would be robbers but apparently scaring them away. Another employee recovers one of the guns. Hovan says he bought his gun after the store was robbed in 2007. He has a concealed weapons permit, but admits he didn’t tell his bosses that he had the gun at work. Asked to comment, Walgreens said in a statement, store employees receive comprehensive training on how to react and respond to a potential robbery situation. Law enforcement strongly advises against confrontation of crime suspects. Hovan’s lawyer says he never saw those policies and acted properly. He was exercising his reasonable right of self defense in the face of a gunman who attempted to pull the trigger three times and shoot him, presumably shoot him dead. Those two gunmen rather are still at large. And Hovan’s attorney says he continues to struggle with the emotional toll both of the attempted robbery and of losing his job. Savannah. All right. John Yang in Benton Harbor, Michigan.