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Gas station suspends employee for stopping armed robbery by shooting suspect

By Mason White 5:49 PM October 8, 2017
Ferron Mendez and Jennifer Wertz
Ferron Mendez and Jennifer Wertz
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) People are criticizing a gas station in New Mexico, after punishing an employee who stopped an armed robber.

Jennifer Wertz, who worked at a Circle K gas station in Albuquerque, was left without a job after standing up to the armed robber.

Albuquerque police said that they have arrested 23-year-old Ferron Mendez, after being accused of entering the Circle K with a weapon.

He was charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Wertz said that when she saw Mendez entering the Circle K while waving a gun, she grabbed her own weapon and shot at him.

Mendez was hit once in the chest, and he was taken to a nearby hospital.

No charges have been filed against Wertz as the shooting was in self defense.

The company however, suspended Wertz, climbing that she violated their policy.

The company does not want employees stopping armed robberies, and therefore, Wertz was punished.

Wertz’s family members launched a GoFundMe campaign to help her pay bills while searching for another job.

Wertz’s mother wrote: “On Monday, my daughter was faced with something no person should have to face, shoot or be shot. Two armed robbers came into her work and pointed a gun in her face.

“She had her gun in her pocket, and protected herself and her friends. As a result of saving people’s lives and her own, she has now been put out of work for 2 weeks and will most likely lose her job she has had for 5 years.

“My daughter has 3 kids to care for and needs help now. The kids are 8, 6, and 2, and with no income, she isn’t sure what to do. She won’t ask for help herself, so I’m doing this for her. She is torn apart emotionally and is in need of time to recover from this ordeal.

“She has always been a good person, mom, and daughter. She is in need of dire help to support her family. She was already living pay check to pay check, and now has no savings or nothing to fall back on.

“Please help as much as you can to support her and her family until she can find a new job.”

So far, Wertz raised $75,000.