According to a Detroit Free Press article, an unarmed Home Depot Loss Prevention Officer was stabbed several times by a drug crazed thief after being confronted for stealing a bettery operated drill. The suspect stabbed the man several times with a dirty hyperdermic needle.
A customer who was authorized to carry a concealed weapon, drew his weapon and ordered the suspect to drop the needle and get on the ground. The suspect complied initially but fled when he heard the sirens from the responding officers. He was captured moments later.
There are two things of note here. One. Detroit does issue concealed permits occasionally. Two. Home Depot’s no weapons policy for its employees may have just cost them one hell of a workman’s compensation law suit if the Loss Prevention Officer has contracted any kind of disease from the dirty needle.
I personally would already be filing a law suit due to the policy.
As a former police officer, I know I would have been completely justified in shooting the suspect as soon as he pulled the needle out and made a threatening gesture toward me. I would have dropped him right there.
Home Depot responded to an email with this explanation of their policy:
Thank you for contacting The Home Depot.
The Home Depot does not prohibit anyone who is legally permitted to carry firearms from entering our stores, provided the firearms are carried in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
In addition, The Home Depot has a long-standing policy prohibiting employees from carrying weapons in its stores.
For any further assistance please visit or contact the Store Manger of your local Home Depot store.
Resolution Expeditor-The Home Depot Email Team
Good on the armed citizen. According to the article “The police chief also said the citizen who intervened will be submitted for a citizen’s citation.”