Charlotte, North Carolina police say that a Pizza Hut employee used his own handgun to shoot and kill one of three armed robbers attempting to rob the store early Sunday morning.
Officers were called to the scene around 1:38 am after responding to a report of a shooting. The store was closed and there were no customers inside. Upon arrival, they found 28 year-old Michael Renard Grace with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say that three armed robbers entered the Pizza Hut just before 1:40 am and were in the process of robbing the store. One of the employees was carrying at the time and used his personal handgun to shoot one of the attempted robbers.
Police recovered a handgun at the scene that was being carried by Grace at the time of the attempted robbery. The other two suspects in the attempted robbery fled the scene on foot and have yet to be apprehended.
Pizza Hut released a statement following the incident:
“The local Pizza Hut franchisee is fully cooperating with the Charlotte Police Department as they continue their investigation, but want to stress that the security of its staff is of upmost concern. They are providing support to the team members involved to ensure their health and well-being following this incident. The employee involved in the shooting has been placed on a leave of absence following further review.”