Veteran Clerk Suspended After he Pulls Gun On Armed Thief

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June 18, 2014 1:10pm PST

A store clerk, and Vietnam veteran, has recently been placed on suspension after he pulled his concealed carry weapon on an armed thief.

The incident occurred on June 15 where Don Pitaniello, 58, describes that he was closing up shop at 9:30 p.m. “when a man wearing a hoodie and a bandana over his face entered the store and threatened him with a roughly 5-inch blade.”

Pitaniello explains that in an effort to preserve his own life, pulling out his sidearm only seemed like second nature seeing how he’s carried a gun, “all his life.” So when the robber started waving the knife around in Pitaniello’s face, demanding he “empty the register,” he answered back by pointing his pistol in the man’s face.

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Needless to say, when the clerk demanded the hooded bandit, “get the (expletive) out of,” the store, he did as he was told. For acting in the interest of his own life, the veteran has since been suspended.

Pitaniello states that, “[he] doesn’t care,” and further added, “I’m a firm believer in having a gun and not needing it rather than the other way around. I can always find a new job.”

What do you guys think – does Pitaniello deserve to be suspended for what he did? Let us know in the comments below.

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