By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to media reports, Dean Crouch lost his job after trying to stop a robbery at a sporting goods store. Crouch was working at a Tallahassee, Florida’s Academy Sports when he saw an individual running out of the store with a stolen handgun.
The then-assistant manager — instead of doing nothing — decided to act and chase down the man, who threatened to shoot people with the gun, before being tackled. The 32-year-old Crouch was fired by the store because he tackled the suspect. He says he was fired “because he physically touched a ‘customer.'”
“My employee yelled, ‘Stop that man!’ And I turned and looked and saw Mr. White running from the gun bar toward the front of the store with a firearm in his hand,” Dean Crouch said to News4Jax. “At the front door is where I stopped him. I tackled him to the ground. We apprehended him and detained him. We secured the firearm.”
Crouch was suspended following the incident on June 29th. On Tuesday, Crouch received a phone call from the company informing him that he was fired.
“I was really dumbfounded honestly, that Academy would do something like this. I worked so hard for Academy, put some blood, sweat, and tears into this place,” said Crouch. “I had great staff and for them to come through and fire me over trying to protect the community, it really hurts me personally.”
Crouch is reportedly considering a lawsuit against the company.
The suspect, Jason White, 24, reportedly stole three guns from two businesses, Academy Sports and Cash America Pawn, in the same day. White was arrested by the law enforcement authorities on July 2nd, 2018.
“Employees reported a man requested to look at two handguns, a .45 caliber and a .380 caliber handgun,” according to a police report. “The man picked up both handguns and ran outside the store without purchasing them, fleeing the area in a silver Toyota.”
Academy Sports + Outdoors allege that Crouch “took actions inconsistent with corporate policies.”
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