Jan 7, 2010

Pizza and Guns

Pizza Hut employee shoots would-be robber

Delivery driver, Michael Shaker, shot a man who "allegedly" was trying to rob the Pizza Hut where he was employed.

Police reports say that Spencer Simmons, 44, attempted to rob the Pizza Hut on Broadway Street at about 11 PM.

Simmons pointed a .25 Raven Arms semi-automatic handgun at the store’s cashier and demanded money. The cashier loaded about $720 into a small bag.

Michael Shaker heard the commotion and snuck to the back and walked to within six to seven feet of Simmon's location.

Shaker gave Simmons a verbal warning. Simmons “lifted and swung his gun up towards” Shaker. Shaker fired one round from his personal 9mm Kel-Tec, hitting Simmons in the back of his head.

Simmons was transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, and police did not know the man’s condition.

Charges have not been filed against Simmons, but he is in the custody of police at the hospital.

Casey added that Shaker was licensed to carry a handgun.

Pizza Hut spokesman Chris Fuller said in an emailed statement that the company is cooperating with the police investigation.

“The safety of our employees is one of our top priorities,” Fuller said.

No word yet if he'll be discharged for violating Pizza Hut's no-weapons rule.

Ronald Honeycutt didn't hesitate to defend himself when a 'customer' drew a weapon on him. Honeycutt faced no criminal charges, because prosecutors decided that he acted in self-defense. But the 39-year-old did lose his job: Carrying a gun violated Pizza Hut's no-weapons rule.

"It's not fair," says Honeycutt of Carmel, Ind., who has found another pizza-delivery job and continues to carry a gun. "There is a constitutional right to bear arms. If I'm going to die, I'd rather be killed defending myself," he told the USA Today.

Gun owners are also fighting back, boycotting companies that ban guns or fire workers for having them. And with damn fine good reasons, other than just upholding their Constitutional rights...

Here's another story, one we're more used to reading:

The Allen County Coroner completed an autopsy on the body of 33-year-old Ian Jacob Grace found shot to death on a city street Sunday night and ruled his death a homicide. Ian Jacob Grace was delivering a pizza and had been robbed.

Police found Grace with gunshot wounds around 10:30 Sunday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ian was Fort Wayne's 20th homicide of the year. Wonder how many others were delivery guys?

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