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Posted on 09/29/2010 4:58:01 AM PDT by marktwain
A pizza deliveryman who shot two would-be robbers to death in east Charlotte said Tuesday that he didnt draw his concealed pistol until the last possible second, when he thought he would be killed.
Throughout the robbery attempt, as the men hit and pistol-whipped him inside a cooler at an east Charlotte Pizza Hut, the driver said he kept his right elbow pinned tightly against his body holding a Glock 22 under his shirt and out of view.
He said he didnt want to use the gun unless he was forced to. But as one of the men lifted his shirt, nearly exposing the gun, the deliveryman opened fire.
The two men killed Gregory James Hardy and Dauntrae Wallace were both 21-year-old convicted felons, one on probation and one awaiting trial on unrelated charges.
Police were searching Tuesday night for a third suspect who fled the attempted robbery and was possibly wounded.
No charges have been filed against the deliveryman.
He asked that his name not be used out of fear for his and his familys safety. Officials confirmed that the 57-year-old had worked as a jail detention officer and a sheriffs deputy for about six years, leaving in 2004.
The robbery was reported about 11:15 p.m. Monday at the restaurant at East Independence Boulevard and Idlewild Road.
Just after closing, the deliveryman said the store manager asked if he wanted a soda from the McDonalds across the street. The deliveryman said no, and continued cleaning while the manager left.
A moment later, three men walked in, at least two pointing guns. The first one told the deliveryman: I mean business.
They told him to open the safe. The deliveryman said he didnt have access.
Get down! one ordered. When the deliveryman didnt, he says the man pistol-whipped him. The men then ordered him into a bathroom while they waited for the manager.
One of the robbers waited in the bathroom with the deliveryman. He ordered him to wrap his arms around the toilet, kneeling, and then demanded money.
Every time I hesitated, he hit me. I have so many bumps, the driver said. He turned over his $42 in tips for the night and a gold chain with a Jesus medallion hes worn for almost 40 years.
The whole time, the driver tried to keep his gun pressed against his body, under his baggy shirt. The driver has a concealed carry permit, and started carrying the gun after being robbed twice in the past two years.
When the manager returned moments later, the suspects grabbed him. One told the deliveryman to crawl to the cooler in the back.
I said I cant crawl, said the deliveryman, realizing that if he bent over any further his gun would stick out. As soon as I stood up, he hit me. I took a big step and ended up in the cooler.
Then, the suspect demanded car keys and hit the deliveryman again, opening a nearly two-inch gash next to his left eye.
When the suspect started to lift the deliverymans shirt, he realized the robber was about to see his gun.
I thought, Hes gonna kill us, the deliveryman said. Theyre gonna get what they want, and still kill me.
I pulled my gun. I shot him three times, and he fell.
The second suspect started to rush into the cooler, and the deliveryman shot him too. The third suspect ran away.
When police and paramedics arrived, they found two suspects on the floor, both dead, with guns nearby. One investigator said its possible the third suspect was wounded by the employee.
We found some other evidence in the area of the business and are looking into that, CMPD Sgt. Gerard Farley said. Police did not have a detailed description of the man.
Both of the men killed have criminal pasts, court records show. Wallace was convicted of breaking and entering and larceny in 2006. He was fined and given three years probation. In May, he was convicted of carrying a concealed gun and given another year of probation.
Court records show Hardy was convicted of car theft in 2006 and given three years probation. He was sent to prison for six months in 2007 when he violated his probation by trespassing.
Last year, he was arrested and charged with possessing and conspiring to sell marijuana, and was scheduled to be tried in November.
Their families couldnt be reached Tuesday night.
The Pizza Hut attempted robbery was the second closing time fast-food hold-up in less than 24 hours. Early Monday, the Wendys on Charlottetowne Avenue near uptown was robbed by three men as it closed. A customer was pistol-whipped. Three men were arrested a short while later and charged with armed robbery.
Pizza Hut employees have been fired for using guns in self-defense. Chris Fuller, a spokesman for Pizza Huts national corporate office, said that in the interest of our employees safety, we dont discuss our safety policies publicly.
However, there have been several reports in recent years in which Pizza Hut officials said corporate policy forbids employees from having weapons while on the job.
A Pizza Hut employee in Columbia resigned last year after police said he shot and killed a robbery suspect. The employee resigned, according to Pizza Huts Fuller, because of the companys policy forbidding employees from carrying firearms.
In one well-publicized May 2004 case, a Pizza Hut employee in Carmel, Ind., was fired after he shot and killed a would-be robber. And in 2008, a Pizza Hut worker in Des Moines, Iowa, lost his job after shooting and wounding a robbery suspect. Both of those Pizza Hut employees were delivery drivers.
Though the deliveryman said he knew hed be risking his job by drawing his gun, he was tired of being robbed. He does landscaping during the delay and delivers pizzas at night.
Its hard-earned money, and they think they can just take it? he said Tuesday.
After killing the would-be robbers, the deliveryman went to Carolinas Medical Center for stitches and talked with investigators. Tuesday morning, he came home, talked briefly with reporters, and went to sleep until Tuesday evening.
Asked how he was feeling Tuesday night, he shook his head: I dont know. I dont know. Observer researcher Maria David and staff writer Cleve R. Wootson, Jr. contributed.
PH doesn’t serve alcoholic beverages.at least not here in MN.
(Dauntrae translates to “don’t shoot” in the old , Amish dialect.)
“(Dauntrae translates to dont shoot in the old , Amish dialect.)”
Thanks for seconding my suspicions.
A ‘happy’ ending, given the extreme circumstances.
Two or three less predators on the streets of Charlotte.
Products of the (not so)Great Society......
Criminality isn't limited to the male of the species. What if the criminal is a female? There are plenty of them out there. Posters have to be bi-gender these days to be PC, dontchaknow? Hence, the use of the term "themselves".....
More people are reaching the same conclusion....
Thank goodness he decided to exercise his RKBA. If he had bought into the ‘government will protect you’ wheeze of today's popular culture instead of utilizing his Natural right of self-defense, we would be reading his obituary.... not his interview.
"The only person a criminal is worried about is themselves."
Only a supersensitive lefty could see that as anything but awkward and ignorant. "Woman, oh no!" It's a word that is contracted from wife+man and therefore is sexist and mustn't be used. So perhaps wife-no, that implies an adjunct to a man, geez! we have to go to woperson! Damn! can't do that either. Son means male progeny. So I guess the word has to be WOPER. Sorry, again the language is ENGLISH not PEECEE. Don't give them the language!