Papa John’s Pizza told FoxNews.com on Thursday that the delivery woman who opened fire on an armed robber will not be fired. She shot her attacker in an act of self defense on Sunday. Papa John’s company policy prohibits employees from carrying firearms while working, but said that the employee would only be transferred to a different role.
The delivery woman was delivering pizza in Decatur, Georgia, when she was attacked by Donquaz Stevenson, 24. He held her on the ground at gunpoint, but the employee managed to retrieve a gun from her pocket and open fire on Stevenson. Stevenson was shot once in the face and was later arrested in a neighbor’s yard. According to the DeKalb County Police Department, a second suspect drove away with the employee’s 2000 Honda Accord and is still at large.
In an email written to FoxNews.com, a Papa John’s Pizza representative stressed their main concerns, writing, “The safety of Papa John's employees is a top priority for our company. Company policy prohibits employees from utilizing firearms in the performance of their duties. We plan no changes to our current policy, which is designed to protect customers and employees. Upon investigation and considering the specific facts of the situation, we have reassigned the employee to work in the store and are offering her counseling to help her recuperate from the incident."
The employee was not arrested because police believe she acted out of fear for her life. Captain Stephen Fore said, “She had no other choice. She must have been in fear for her life and she reacted.”
Stevenson was charged with armed robbery. He is being treated for a gunshot would at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.