ROSEVILLE, Calif. – A Best Buy security guard who tackled a man wanted on a felony warrant was reportedly fired for his good deed because it ran counter to corporate policy. Moreover, the wanted man reportedly hit a police officer as he tried to get away spurring the security guard into action.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred at the Best Buy in Roseville, California, located outside Sacramento.
Timothy Trujillo, who was wanted on a felony warrant by Nevada State Police, reportedly struck a police officer and tried to flee when deputies searching for him turned up in Roseville on Jan. 11.
“When they confronted him, the man punched one of the detectives and tried to run off, that’s when the security guard tackled the man, preventing him from escaping,” Placer County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lt. Andrew Scott told FOX40.
Tyler, who said he was an Army veteran and only wanted to be referred to by his first name, told FOX40 he was working at the Best Buy when he saw the incident unfolding in front of him.
“He started running past me and I thought I was doing the right thing by stopping him,” he said.
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Tyler said, however, the company’s policy is that employees should not touch anyone, and he soon suspected he might get into “some type of trouble.” One week later, he said he was fired.
“My manager called me in and said corporate decided to let me go because I used excessive force and it was against Best Buy’s policy to intervene,” he said.