Off-duty deputy shoots alleged robbers while working second job at pizza restaurant in NW Harris County

It just so happens the delivery man was an off-duty deputy working his second job
February 28, 2014 4:06:57 PM PST
A pizza delivery driver shot and wounded two robbers Thursday night, and that delivery driver is also a Harris County Sheriff's Office deputy.

It happened at the Domino's Pizza in the 7200 block of Louetta near Stuebner Airline in northwest Harris County.

A vice president at Domino's pizza said they have a no weapons policy, but this a very unusual situation -- since their delivery driver was also an officer of the law.

Armed with guns and wearing bandanas over their faces, two men went into a Domino's pizza on Louetta Road Thursday night demanding cash. What they didn't know was the person they were trying hold-up was actually a sheriff's county deputy. He was off-duty, and working a second job as a Domino's pizza driver.

Deputy Glenn Shaft, a 25-year veteran, had his gun and opened fire on the suspects, ages 19 and 21. Both suspects were shot and critically injured.

"I think he deserved the right to shoot those guys," said neighbor Tommy Bowden. "I hate they're hurt, but at the end of the day, I really don't care about them."

None of the Domino's employees were hurt in the gunfire.

On Friday the vice president of communication at Domino's pizza issued a statement to Eyewitness News: "When the team member took action to intervene, he did so as an officer of the law, not as a Domino's pizza driver. We will not be taking any employment action against this individual, as he was acting appropriately as a law enforcement officer."

Nancie Flahert owns a plant business close by. She says crime in the area has gotten out of control. Others agree.

Deputy Shaft has asked for a two-week leave from Domino's. They will pay him through this leave.

The sheriff office has also placed Deputy Shaft on a five-day leave with pay. That is standard procedure.

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