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Recent shooting proves dangers to store employees

At a Circle K convenience store, the clerk shot a suspected armed robber.
We expect to read the opposite story. Convenience stores can be dangerous places, especially for the people who work in them.
This happened a few weeks ago in Albuquerque in mid-afternoon. The suspect was wounded and is expected to recover; the clerk was not charged with any crime.
What was that clerk doing packing a gun?
The incident brought to mind a court case from 20 years ago in which Circle K clerk Paul Sedillo followed a shoplifter into the parking lot and was shot and killed.
The Eldridge case (named for the mother of Sedillo’s daughter) raised the question of whether Circle K might be civilly liable outside of workers’ compensation, whether the company was so greatly “at fault” that it might violate the “no fault” principle basic to the workers’ comp philosophy.
It was a hot issue in the workers’ comp legal community, but the case was settled out of court so the question was not resolved.
Conventional wisdom is that employees should never be instructed to pursue armed robbers or shoplifters. Let them take the money and go. I heard that message in dozens of safety seminars and passed it on to small business owners in my own seminars.