Pizza Hut Employee Given ‘Leave of Absence’ After Shooting Robbery Suspect

A Pizza Hut employee who shot and killed an armed robbery suspect early Sunday morning has been given a “leave of absence” over the incident.

The incident occurred after hours — around 1:40 a.m. — Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to CBS News, “Police say their initial investigation indicates three people entered the restaurant… Sunday and were in the process of robbing it when one of the employees used his personal handgun to shoot one male thief.” The wounded suspect died and the other two suspects fled the scene.

The deceased suspect was 28-year-old Michael Renard Grace. WBTV reports that police confirmed Grace had a gun on him at the time of his death.

Pizza Hut released a statement in which they indicated that “the local franchisee is cooperating with the police department.” The company also used the statement “to stress that the security of its staff is of the utmost concern.”

The employee who shot the robbery suspect has been given a “leave of absence.”

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