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Pizza driver fired after stopping robbery with pellet gun

Pizza driver fired after stopping a robbery with a pellet gun
Published: Jul. 30, 2016 at 2:24 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2016 at 3:26 AM EDT
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NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – A Domino's driver in New Albany is out of a job after he said he pulled out a pellet gun to stop a robbery.

Three months ago, Austin Drake bought a pellet gun.

"I figured, you know, it's at least a good deterrent," Drake said.

He purchased it after a Spinelli's driver was stabbed and had his car stolen last year.

"We're going up to these strange houses every night, unarmed," Drake said. "I mean we're probably more scared than they are."

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Last Monday, July 18, he took the call for one of the last orders of the night.

"It was very off, the order that he was placing," Drake said.

When he got to house on St. Joseph Road to deliver it, a man tried to rob him at gunpoint.

"He said, 'get on the f-ing ground,' and I said 'what,' and I pulled mine out and I aimed it at him," Drake said. "Of course, it was dark outside so he probably couldn't tell if mine was real or not and he took off running."

Just three months earlier, in April, a Papa John's driver was robbed at the same address, according to a sheriff's office report.

The reports are very similar. In both cases, the drivers parked, walked up the stairs of the house to deliver the pizza and then turned around to find a man pointing a gun at them.

"It was when I went and sat down in the car that I just started shaking," Drake said. "I was terrified at that point. "

After two more shifts, Drake was let go.

"I was the bad guy and the criminal got away," Drake said.

He said while managers knew he carried the pellet gun, the franchise's owners told management it's against corporate policy to have any sort of weapon including a pellet gun or knife.

"They never contacted me," Drake said of the franchise's owners, Wilson Pizza Company. "I never got a call saying I'm sorry, I'm glad you're ok."

He doesn't want his job back, but he wants the policy changed.

"I think it's ridiculous, especially be put in that situation that it would end like this," Drake said.

The Floyd County Sheriff's Department is now telling delivery companies to stop going to the address.

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