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October 29, 2013
A pizza delivery driver for restaurant Hungry Howie’s was working his shift in Redford, Mich. when a group of men attempted to rob him. As the delivery driver was confronted by a member of the group, he drew a gun and fired at the robber, killing him and causing his accomplices to flee.
Police captured the other thieves a short time later. The robbers face armed robbery and gun charges, with bail set at $250,000.
July 20, 2012
A driver for Padova’s Pizza in Columbus, Ohio was on a delivery when two men armed with shotguns attempted to rob him. At first, the driver, and Right-to-Carry permit holder, warned the criminals to leave. When the robbers persisted, the driver drew a gun and shot both criminals. The robbers fled the scene, but were captured a short time later when one of the criminals was found nearby with wounds to his head and chest.
Rather than the hostility some pizza delivery drivers have faced from their employers after exercising their right to self-defense, the owner of Padova’s Pizza has had words of support for his driver, stating, “He is just too good of a person, and I have known him too long, and I hope he doesn’t have mental anguish over this.”
November 1, 1998
A 27-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pizza delivery man
was taking an order to what turned out to be a vacant house when he
was accosted by a teen who demanded, "Give me the food,...
July 1, 1973
Truck driver Willie Taylor was making a delivery at a New
Orleans, La., store when a masked gunman climbed into his truck,
demanded money, and took Taylor's cash. Taylor grabbed...
September 21, 2010
After making a delivery around 10:30 p.m., a pizza delivery driver in Hanover, County, Va. headed back to his vehicle. As he approached the car, the driver was met by a robber armed...
April 27, 2009
Tavarius Lewis, a Papa John’s pizza delivery man and right-to-carry permit holder in Augusta, Ga., was lured to a vacant residence by a criminal who intended to rob him. As Lewis attempted...
September 1, 1991
Only days after offering a "peace treaty" at a Huntsville,
Ala., public forum, a reputed youth-gang member was wounded when he
tried to holdup a pizza delivery driver. Attempting...
November 7, 2011
A Papa John’s pizza delivery man was lured to a vacant lot in Memphis, Tenn. where an armed criminal attempted to rob him at gunpoint. The delivery man, a Right-to-Carry permit holder,...
June 1, 1992
Even though Pizza Hut has a policy against drivers carrying
firearms, a Pensacola, Fla., delivery man decided his own safety was
more important than company policy and took his pistol...
December 1, 1971
Robert Martindill, a delivery man for a pizza shop in
Columbus, Ohio, was working one night when he was attacked by a man
who beat him with a billy club. Martindill pulled a pistol...
March 1, 1976
Truck driver Dudley Jones, making a delivery in Hartford,
Conn., saw three young thugs knock down a woman and steal her purse.
He fired several pistol shots into the air. Two of...
September 1, 1995
A Norfolk, Virginia, pizza delivery driver was sent to a
high-crime neighborhood with another driver as a safety precaution
and was still forced to defend himself and his fellow employee...
July 1, 1989
A thug in Brooklyn, N.Y., entered Robert Arnold's potato
chip delivery van, pulled a gun, and attempted to rob him. Arnold
drew his licensed semi-automatic pistol and shot to death...
August 26, 2013
A pizza deliveryman was getting into his car following a delivery to a motel in West Melbourne, Fla. when a man armed with a knife confronted him and demanded cash. The delivery driver responded by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminal, killing him.
An investigation revealed that the deceased criminal had a criminal record that included aggravated battery, armed robbery, and false imprisonment. Following the incident, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivy noted, “Preliminary evidence in the case demonstrates that the intended victim of the robbery acted in self-defense while being robbed by a violent criminal who was armed with a knife.”
October 16, 2008
Victor Greenwood, a pizza deliveryman in Dothan, Ala., was assaulted after being lured to a vacant house by two men whose plans were to rob him. After realizing that something was amiss,...
June 1, 2001
A woman was traveling alone on Interstate 70 in Kansas when a delivery truck driver got her attention by flashing his vehicle's lights and motioning toward the rear of her car. When...
September 1, 2000
A 65-year-old newspaper delivery man was in his Oakland,
Calif., garage preparing for his daily run when a 19-year-old armed
ruffian suddenly came inside demanding money, according...
May 19, 2009
Early one morning, a homeowner in St. Petersburg, Fla. noticed a man burglarizing his detached garage. The homeowner retrieved his shotgun and confronted the burglar. A struggle ensued,...
May 1, 1997
Tampa, Florida, pizza delivery driver Clifford S. Jordan
reached into his glove box when two thugs ambushed him in an attempt
to rob him. Out came his .380, and Jordan fired at both
April 1, 1997
A New Paltz, New York, delivery driver entered an apartment
building to deliver a pizza when he was grabbed by the two masked
thugs who had placed the order. A scuffle broke out,...
August 1, 1994
Philadelphian Michael Malloy knew he could be robbed while
driving his newspaper delivery truck. That's why the 36-year-old
former policeman carried his licensed .44 under his money...
April 1, 1993
A Bridgeport, Conn., oil delivery man handed over the few
dollars he had. But the thug, apparently unsatisfied with his take,
turned his gun on his victim and demanded more money....
November 1, 1992
Robbed at gun point, Dayton, Ohio, pizza-delivery man
William Armour decided he should carry a gun on the job. Armour was
sitting in his car when a man approached and put a pistol...
August 1, 1992
Delivering pizzas in Syracuse, N.Y., early one morning, John
MacDonald was accosted by two men who tried to steal the pies.
MacDonald tried to keep hold of the pizza bag, but when...
February 1, 1987
While Patrick Kelly was getting ready to make a delivery
from his dairy truck in Pensacola, Fla., two men approached and
stood behind him. Without saying a word, one struck Kelly...
February 23, 2011
Three robbers, at least one of whom was armed with a gun, lured a Papa’s Pizza deliveryman to a vacant house in Detroit, Mich, and attempted to rob him. The delivery man, a Right-to-Carry...
July 1, 2008
Pizza Hut deliveryman James Spiers thought he was making a routine
delivery, but he was walking into an ambush. As Spiers approached,
an armed man sprang at him with a gun, but...
November 1, 1999
Trucker Michael Pressley's routine delivery to an Atlanta
foundry turned deadly early one morning when two seemingly innocent
men approached his rig asking if he had a cigarette,...
May 1, 1997
A Los Angeles, California, Domino's Pizza delivery driver
was walking back to his Isuzu Trooper after delivering three pizzas
to a home in a crime-ridden neighborhood when he was...
May 1, 1989
A knife-wielding man who'd just robbed a Lancaster, Pa.,
store started for his car, but the clerk's cries alerted Fred
Ringbloom. The citizen began chasing the robber; a delivery...
September 19, 2012
An armed criminal approached a delivery driver outside a Domino’s Pizza in Springfield, Ohio and attempted to rob him. An off-duty Domino’s employee noticed the robbery, drew a gun and shot the criminal. Despite having been shot twice in the stomach, the criminal attempted to retrieve his firearm, forcing a bystander to kick it away from him.
Police Chief Steve Moody made clear that the armed citizen has not been charged. Local law enforcement suspects the criminal was involved in a similar robbery outside the same Domino’s a few nights before. Records show that the robber spent three years in prison following a 2007 conviction for aggravated robbery and is currently under indictment for burglary.
June 1, 1979
Suspicious of a couple who were lingering in his San Antonio
liquor store, NRA Life member James E. Moore quietly pocketed his
.38. When the couple approached the counter, the woman...
February 1, 1989
Melvin Gearhart had parked his 18-wheeler on a West Oakland,
Calif., street for a delivery when a man began pounding on the
window. Thinking he was there to unload the truck, Gearhart's...