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Gas station worker fired after pulling gun on armed robber

By Mason White 7:34 AM October 17, 2013
Shannon “Bear” Cothran with his gun 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A gas station employee was fired from his job after he successfully stopped an armed robbery in progress by pulling out a gun, according to police reports in New Hampshire.

When Shannon “Bear” Cothran was threatened by an armed robber with a knife on Monday morning, he did not think twice about what to do.

Cothran, who was working after midnight at the Shell gas station located at 301 Main St. in Nashua, drew his pistol and pointed it at the armed robber.

The robber turned around and walked out the door. The employee called police, bringing a swift end to the attempted robbery.

Cothran believes his decision to carry a gun has saved his life on Monday morning. However, the owners of the gas station held a different view.

Cothran said he was fired just hours after the incident because he violated a company policy that prohibits employees from carrying weapons.

Now jobless, Cothran said he thinks that the company’s policy is irresponsible.

“I can find another job,” he said “A paycheck is a paycheck. It really does not matter where it comes from. I cannot justify in my mind trying to save my job at the risk of never seeing my family and friends again,” he said.

Nashua Police are still looking for the man involved in the robbery. The suspect was captured on surveillance video entering the gas station at 3:00 a.m.

Police confirmed that the man approached the employee and brandished a knife, but fled moments later, when the employee took out a gun.

Nashua Police are asking the public to help identify the man, who was described as a white or Hispanic man, between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a medium build.

Police are circulating a picture of the suspect.