Shell gas station fired a man who pulled a gun on an alleged robbery suspect at a Shell gas station convenience store in Nashua, NH, this week.
Shell said the man violated the company’s “no guns” policy when he scared off the suspect.
Surveillance footage shows a man entered the station about 3 a.m. on Monday wielding a knife and demanding money.
"My one hope for all of this is that they rethink their policy about not permitting cashiers to protect themselves. I realize it's a liability for the company, I am sympathetic with them as far as that goes. But I'm hoping they rethink their policy of letting employees who are licensed to carry concealed weapons do so. I hope they look at this and realize there was no monetary loss to the store, no injuries and that because I am a reasonable human being and a responsible gun owner, they benefitted," Cothran said.
Cothran said he was just trying to protect himself.
"You can't take anything for granted these days – we have a growing cultural problem in this country that's affecting things like crime. We have drug epidemics out of control, our economy is still suffering – people are still desperate, and desperate people do desperate things," Cothran said.
"I believe we have two choices: be a victim or stand up and defend ourselves. I chose to be responsible for my own safety, and for that, I have no regrets," Cothran said.
"I never intended this to get out of control. I didn't want to give details that would compromise the police investigation. My entire reason for speaking about this in any way, shape, or form was because I do have friends in Nashua and family who were inevitably going to hear about this, and I just wanted to inform people of the facts," he said.
"This wasn't an episode of a TV show. This was real. I just did what I had to do to make sure I survived," Cothran said.
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