A white sedan with bullet holes through the windshield can be seen in photographs of yesterday’s incident between a Pizza Hut delivery driver and a would-be robber and possibly car-jacker. The Pizza Hut emblem is seen clearly in the photo, strapped across the hood of the car. A police officer is seen evaluating the crime scene.
The incident, which occured on the southside of Billings, left one man – the suspect – in the hospital with at least one bullet wound. The delivery driver was questioned by the police and released. The health status of the suspect is currently unknown.
The shooting happened at approximately 8:20PM on the 300 block of South 28th Street.
Billings Police Sgt. Clyde Reid told the Billings Gazette, “The pizza delivery guy was attempting to deliver pizzas, when he claims that he was robbed. While in the process of being robbed, in self-defense he’s claiming, he fired a weapon, striking the suspect.”
In similar incidents across the country, Pizza Hut has placed employees who defend themselves with firearms on unpaid leave pending an investigation. They’re usually fired for violating the company’s handbook. Guns.com reports, “According to their employee handbook, Pizza Hut expressly prohibits the possession of any and all weapons, including guns. No exceptions are made for individuals with concealed carry permits or licenses.”
On some occasions, Pizza Hut has merely suspended delivery drivers for carrying a firearm rather than firing them, and it seems to be a matter of local franchise control over nationwide corporate policy, with store owners having a degree of flexibility in the matter.
Another website, GunBelts.com reports, “The first thing to know about pizza delivery and concealed carry is that – again – so long as you’re legally qualified to get the permit, you can conceal and carry on the job IF your employer allows it. However, this is where things take a bit of a turn. Employers can forbid guns on premises, which most of the large nationwide chains (Domino’s, Pizza Hut, etc.) do.”