A New Mexico gas station clerk is mad as hell after being suspended from her job for shooting an armed robber this week, according to a report.
Jennifer Wertz, an employee at the Circle K store in Albuquerque, says she was suspended for two weeks for opening fire on a man who pulled a gun on her Monday night during her shift, KOAT Action 7 News reported.
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“He pointed the gun at my face, I grabbed my gun from my pocket, I cocked it and I shot,” Wertz told the news outlet.
Wertz said she had her gun on her Monday because she was slated to work until 10 p.m. and often feels unsafe walking to her car at night.
She says she put her gun in her pocket after she heard that a nearby convenience store was knocked off.
Wertz told the news outlet that robberies happen all the time at gas stations and workers are ordered not to defend themselves.
“We are not to chase or provoke. We are just supposed to stand there and give them what they want and they leave,” she said.
When Wertz was asked why she didn’t abide by those orders Monday, she responded, “I’m sick and tired of being a sitting duck,” according to the report.
Management at Circle K did not respond to a request for comment by KOAT.
Police say the 23-year-old suspect, identified as Ferron Mendez, was struck once in the torso and is expected to survive.
He will be formally charged after he’s released from the hospital.