Pizza delivery driver fired after stopping attempted robbery

NEW ALBANY, IN - A pizza delivery driver says he was fired for pulling a pellet gun on a man who attempted to rob him at gunpoint.

Three months ago, Austin Drake bought a pellet gun.

"I figured you know, it's at least a good deterrent," he said.
He got it after a Spinelli's driver was stabbed and had his car stolen.

"We’re going up to these strange houses every night, unarmed. I mean, we're probably more scared than they are," Drake said.

At Dominos last Monday, he got one of the last orders of the night.

"It was very off, the order that he was placing," Drake said.

When he got to the house on St. Joseph Roas, a man tried to rob him at gunpoint.

Just three months earlier, a Papa John’s driver was robbed at the same address.

According to the sheriff's reports, the robbery and attempted robbery happened almost the same way. Both the drivers parked, walked up the stairs to deliver a pizza. When they got here, they turned, saw a man pointing a gun at them and demanding their money.

After two more shifts, Drake lost his job.

"I was the bad guy and the criminal got away," he said.

He said while managers knew he carried the pellet gun, the franchise owners said it's against corporate policy.

"They never contacted me. I never got a call saying I'm sorry, I'm glad you're OK," Drake said.

He said he doesn't want his job back, but he wants the policy changed.

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