Cirlce K clerk fired for shooting gun at robber because of 'no gun' policy

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  • Johnny Jarriel picketing his former employer
  • Armed robber pepper sprays Circle K manager Johnny Jarriel
  • Armed robber flees Douglasville Circle K after Johnny Jarriel shoots at him
  • Johnny Jarriel picketing his former employer
  • Armed robber flees Douglasville Circle K after Johnny Jarriel shoots at him
  • Pistol Johnny Jarriel fired at armed robber
  • Douglasville Circle K on Highway 5
    

DOUGLASVILLE, GA - Johnny Jarriel wasn't trying to wave people into a Douglas County convenience store Friday afternoon.

He was standing on the curb trying to shoo them away, to boycott it because of what the former employer did to him.

"I think the firing was unjustified; I believe it was unjustified," he told 11 Alive News.


Jarriel was an assistant manager at the Circle K on Highway 5 until he tried to defend himself last Saturday morning.

Store security video, provided by the Douglas County Sheriff Department, shows him working in a back office just after 9 am when a robber suddenly pepper sprays him from behind, pulls out a pistol, slams him to the floor and puts the gun to his head.


"I can't really describe all the expletive words he used, but basically 'give me the money' or he was gonna kill me and he was very specific about, you know, what he was gonna do to me," Jarriel said.

Jarriel said when he told the robber the safe was up front and the robber turned his back, he pulled out his own pistol from his pants pocket and fired several shots at his attacker.

The apparently uninjured robber took off like a scared rabbit and is still on the loose.

Jarriel said Circle K suspended him right after the Saturday morning robbery and then gave him a firing notice Thursday for violating its company policy against guns on the property.

He admitted he was aware of the policy, but claimed his manager had looked the other way after another clerk was murdered at the store a few years ago.

"Everybody knew that I carried a weapon and I've been here three-and-a-half years and they knew from day one that I had a gun," he insisted.

Jarriel has a Georgia Weapons Carry License and the sheriff department said he had a legal right to defend himself.

But under Georgia law the employer also had a right to fire him for violating company policy.

Circle K has not replied to our request for comment, but now this former assistant manager is looking for a lawyer.

"I would not change a thing; I would change nothing; nothing would change," Jarriel said.


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