A Papa John’s delivery driver was put in a situation where she had no choice but to defend herself when a man held a gun to her head.
Because pizza delivery drivers are sometimes targeted by criminals hoping to make quick cash, one driver at a Columbia Drive Papa Johns decided to take no chances and carry a concealed weapon while on the job.
While carrying a registered concealed weapon is legal with proper permits in the state of Georgia, it is not allowed under Papa John’s policy.
“[The driver] arrived at the location and a male began approaching the vehicle she thought was there to pick up the pizza,” Capt. Stephen Fore with the DeKalb County Police Department said. “When he got to her he produced a handgun and forced her out of the vehicle and on to the ground.”
Fore explained that the driver had her own handgun in her pocket and was able to reach for it and shoot the suspect.
According to detectives, a second suspect jumped into the woman’s silver 2000 Honda Accord and is still at large.
Police believe the pizza delivery order may have been a setup from the beginning.
Young spoke to the delivery driver’s mother by phone and heard that her daughter is still in shock and frightened by the encounter, but hopes she can keep her job despite carrying a gun against company policy.
“She had no other choice. She must have been in fear for her life and she reacted,” Capt. Fore said.