Jennifer Wertz, a Circle K employee from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was placed on a 2-week suspension after she shot a robbery suspect.
“I grabbed my gun from my pocket, I cocked it, and I shot,” Wertz said to Tucson News Now, “I’m sick and tired of being a sitting duck.”
Wertz says robberies in this area are becoming more common and she doesn’t feel like anyone will protect her if she doesn’t protect herself first. When an armed robber pulled a gun on her, Wertz didn’t hesitate to respond in kind. “He like stepped into the door and pointed the gun at me. I reacted,” she said.
Wertz shot 23-year-old Ferron Mendez in the chest, but the armed robber is expected to live. “Robberies have been going on like this for the past few weeks. They have done nothing to protect me. And I felt the need to protect myself,” Wertz said about the gun that was clearly visible on her hip.
She doesn’t agree with Circle K’s compliance policy and quit after she was suspended for defending herself. “We are not to chase. We are not to provoke. We are not to do anything. We just stand there and give them what they want and they leave,” she explained. “What if he would have come in and just shot me just because I wasn’t behind the counter?”