Social media buzz and a swift decision by law enforcement may have prevented a brave pizza delivery driver from losing her job for reacting in self-defense to an armed attack.

The unidentified female driver for an Atlanta Papa John’s was out for a delivery in a residential area at around 8 pm when Donquaz Stevenson, 24, approached her car in such a way as to make her believe the delivery was for him, pulled a gun and forced her out of the car onto the ground.

Although the nationwide pizza company’s policy prohibits its drivers from carrying weapons, the woman reacted to the threat to her life by reaching into her pocket, pulling her own gun and shooting the attacker in the face.

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Stevenson died as a result, but local police not only declined to press charges against the driver, determining that she acted in self-defense, but offered their support.

“She had no other choice. She must have been in fear for her life and she reacted,” Capt. Stephen Fore of the DeKalb County Police Department said.

In fact, the driver feared she would lose her job due to Papa John’s prohibition against drivers carrying guns, as the written policy specifically forbid carrying firearms even for personal defense.

Possibly in acknowledgement of the support the driver was receiving on social media and adverse to the negative publicity her firing would generate, Papa John’s announced that it would not take disciplinary action against her for violating the company policy, but rather reassign her to in-store work and arrange for her to receive counseling.

“The shooting that occurred during a Papa John’s delivery in Atlanta recently is a tragic event. The safety of Papa John’s employees is a top priority for our company. Upon investigation and considering the specific facts of the situation, we have reassigned the employee to work in the store and are offering her counseling to help her recuperate from the incident.”

The company did, however, state in the same announcement that the company policy prohibiting drivers from carrying guns for self-defense would not be changed.

Source: CBS64

 

 

 

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