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Kroger Manager Resigns In Wake Of Fatal Shooting(IN)
theindychannel.com ^ | 2 February, 2012 | NA

Posted on 02/04/2012 10:42:50 AM PST by marktwain

INDIANAPOLIS -- A Kroger manager who fatally shot a man who police said was trying to rob the store voluntarily resigned Wednesday.

Elijah "Levi" Elliott, 24, shot Jeremy Atkinson, 26, at the Kroger store at 5025 W. 71st St. on Dec. 26, after Atkinson put an employee in a chokehold and charged at Elliott, police said.

Reading from a statement and standing beside his attorney, Elliott said he knew of Kroger's policy banning guns in the workplace, but said he had chosen to carry a weapon for the last three years.

Elliott said he feared for his life and that he does not regret his actions, but understands that he put Kroger in a difficult position.

"I hoped I never would have had to use my weapon for protection. Mr. Atkinson chose to commit a violent and dangerous act," Elliott said.

Prosecutors said last month that Elliott would not be charged because they believe the shooting was justified under Indiana law to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.

At the time of the shooting, Atkinson had a warrant out for his arrest in connection with a robbery and criminal confinement case.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: armedcitizen; banglist; defense; in; kroger; krogers; robber; selfdefense
I hope that there will be some companies who appreciate a man who is able to act in a tough situation.
1 posted on 02/04/2012 10:42:59 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Somebody, hire this guy.


2 posted on 02/04/2012 10:45:10 AM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: marktwain
The same thing happened at a Cumberland Farms convenience store in NH a few years back.

The manager shot a fleeing armed suspect. Perp was picked up next day. Cumberland Farms fired the manager for violating company policy. He was hired the next day by a competitor's convenience store. They said, "We like having employees who are will to stand up for what's right and themselves."

Nice.

3 posted on 02/04/2012 10:49:15 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Do all He commands. Receive all He promises.)
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To: Truth is a Weapon
Somebody, hire this guy.

The irony is that this is just the type of man you want in a management situation. Thoughtful. Loyal. Decisive. The loser is Kroger as I doubt he'll be unemployed for long.

4 posted on 02/04/2012 10:55:52 AM PST by Poison Pill (Obama is the hopium of the masses)
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To: marktwain

Kroger’s loss.


5 posted on 02/04/2012 10:57:46 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Reading the full article most times is a bonus. For those that cannot:

Elliott, who has worked at Kroger for six years, thanked the company for its support in the aftermath of the shooting and for being "genuinely concerned about my well-being." He said the company offered to keep him on, but he said he wants a fresh start.

6 posted on 02/04/2012 11:00:55 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Silentgypsy
The article says that Kroger offered to keep him but that he voluntarily resigned to pursue other opportunities. If that's the case, then I don't think it's fair to blame Kroger.
7 posted on 02/04/2012 11:01:41 AM PST by VikingMom (I may not know what the future holds but I know who holds the future!)
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To: marktwain

Wow. A 24 year old manager of a Kroger store? He must have a lot on the ball — and I guess he proved it! Good for him!


8 posted on 02/04/2012 11:02:38 AM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: 1rudeboy
The way you have to operate a Kroger store invites daring daylight robbers who would shoot to kill ~ which is why they've got to change the way they operate.

I don't blame the man for wanting outta' there.

9 posted on 02/04/2012 11:03:29 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: marktwain
Sounds like Kroger paid him off. Good for him.

Perhaps he can start his own grocer.

10 posted on 02/04/2012 11:08:18 AM PST by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: VikingMom

Perhaps he resigned because they wouldn’t allow him to carry a sidearm. It isn’t a question of blaming Kroger’s. They’re attempting to avoid liability. However, if it were a tossup between defending myself or keeping a job, I think I’d prefer to attempt to ensure my personal safety. If I were disabled or killed, my family would also sustain a loss. It’s just cost-benefit analysis.


11 posted on 02/04/2012 11:08:40 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: marktwain
Kroger has a stupid policy. Someone on Free Republic posted one of the most profound things I ever read a few years ago. It goes something like "911 is simply the number you call to get the crime investigated quicker.

I work at MSFC in Huntsville. We must go through about 10 times the security background check that the sheriff's department conducts before authorizing a concealed carry permit so that we can get a badge to work on base. The Feds ban all weapons on base.

You would think that folks would realize that law abidign citizens are not the problem, law-breakers are the problem.

12 posted on 02/04/2012 11:13:14 AM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Bryan24
You would think that folks would realize that law abidign citizens are not the problem, law-breakers are the problem.

It has never been about crime. It has always been about deligitimizing firearms and self defense in order to further the power of the State. (at least since the beginning of the Progressive era, about 1900.

13 posted on 02/04/2012 11:28:15 AM PST by marktwain
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To: FrdmLvr

It’s actually quite easy to move up the ladder in stores like that. The vast majority of people that work there are only doing in temporarily, those that want to stay and move up the ladder can do so fairly quickly.


14 posted on 02/04/2012 11:33:45 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Silentgypsy

I heard his comments on the radio.

I think this just really shook him up and he doesn’t want to ever be put in that situation again.

Seems like a pretty natural reaction to me.


15 posted on 02/04/2012 11:37:14 AM PST by digger48
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To: Silentgypsy

Won’t be “Krogering” any longer.


16 posted on 02/04/2012 11:39:20 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG

Well, you can add it to the other things you do not do—such as reading the article.


17 posted on 02/04/2012 12:02:47 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 353FMG

Kroeger owns lots of other chains and grocers across the Nation, too. Don’t just switch to another of their stores.


18 posted on 02/04/2012 12:18:45 PM PST by PizzaDriver ( on)
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To: marktwain

Damn! This guy can run the No Frills supermarket for me....after I conquer it in post-Obama collapse of civilization.

Just kidding.

He did the right thing.

And...allowing concealed-carry by employees and broadcasting it will make sure the crooks move....to the HyVee instead. Afterall, HyVee is where the rich and beautiful people shop. Better pickings.


19 posted on 02/04/2012 12:24:11 PM PST by Sapwolf (Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty. -Sowell)
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20 posted on 02/04/2012 12:26:14 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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Odd...in Georgia, Kroger is a corporate sponsor of Georgia Carry...dunno about their policies, if any for carry by on-duty employees, though...


21 posted on 02/04/2012 2:48:25 PM PST by awoodpd13
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Thanks marktwain.
...he knew of Kroger's policy banning guns in the workplace, but said he had chosen to carry a weapon for the last three years. Elliott said he feared for his life and that he does not regret his actions, but understands that he put Kroger in a difficult position... Prosecutors said last month that Elliott would not be charged... Atkinson had a warrant out for his arrest in connection with a robbery and criminal confinement case.
Atkinson was shot dead, nice shootin' Mr. Elliott!


22 posted on 02/04/2012 3:00:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: marktwain
It has never been about crime. It has always been about deligitimizing firearms and self defense in order to further the power of the State. (at least since the beginning of the Progressive era, about 1900.

Yes. That is the real issue. The rest is window dressing.

23 posted on 02/04/2012 3:16:40 PM PST by Free in Texas (Member of the Bitter Clingers Association.)
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To: Bryan24
At Fort Hood 12 soldiers were murdered by Major Malik Nadal Hasan a doctor and avowed Jihadist. There are more small arms weapons in Fort Hood than any place in the United States. Major Nadal was able to kill with impunity because only the guards and security on base can carry weapons. Nidal had many minutes to fire with absolute impunity due to our insane laws governing the carrying of weapons.

If there is one armed terrorist in the room with 100 unarmed people, the terrorist has the advantage. If there is 1 terrorist in the room and 1 armed citizen among the 100 people the armed citizen has the advantage. The terrorist has an adversary but he is 1 in a 100 and the terrorist does not know who he is. The armed citizen knows who is the bad guy.

24 posted on 02/04/2012 4:18:41 PM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: digger48

“...doesn’t want to ever be put in that situation again.” I’d want to become invisible after such an episode.


25 posted on 02/04/2012 4:46:31 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: 353FMG

The places I refuse to patronize are the ones that require you to check your weapons upon entry.


26 posted on 02/04/2012 4:52:01 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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