A New Hampshire man was fired from his job as a gas station store clerk for pulling out his Ruger pistol after a masked man came rushing in with a knife and threatened the worker’s life.
Shannon Cothran, who had reportedly been working at a Shell Station in Nashua, N.H., for a decade, was terminated for violating the company policy that prohibits him from carrying a gun at the store, according to The Blaze.
CBS Boston reports that surveillance video from the store shows the knife in the robber’s hand, and then you see Cothran pull out his Ruger pistol.
“He just said, alright, alright and backed off and made his way out the door,” Cothran said.
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Cothran wasn’t hurt in the incident and he does have a New Hampshire permit to carry his gun.
“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,” Cothran stated.
Nashua Police Lieutenant Denis Linehan said Cothran was within his rights.
“The clerk acted appropriately,” Linehan said. “He did fear for his life. He was in close proximity to a deadly weapon.”
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There have reportedly been upwards of 15 robberies in Nashua in the past couple of months, many targeting convenience stores. Cothran says he knew it would eventually happen at his store.
“It was just a matter of time,” he said.
CBS Boston also reports that calls to Nouria Energy in Worcester, Mass., which owns the store, were not returned.