They say that a no good deed goes unpunished and one would-be hero found out the hard way that you won't always be thanked for putting yourself on the line to do what’s right.
Tyler, an Army veteran who did not want to reveal his last name, was working as a security guard at a California Best Buy when he witnessed an altercation happening right before his eyes. He made a split-second decision to step in to make sure the perpetrator did not get away. And he paid for his heroic move with his job.
Fox News reports, “A Best Buy security guard who tackled a man wanted on a felony warrant -- and who had allegedly just hit a cop -- was reportedly fired for his good deed because it ran counter to corporate policy.”
Placer County (near Sacramento, California) Sheriff’s office said the crime took place at a Best Buy in Roseville and posted the details to their Facebook page.
“A security guard at Best Buy is seen in surveillance - tackling a suspect who punched a deputy while resisting arrest at this Roseville shopping center. The man was later arrested - but the security guard was fired for violating company policy.”
Tyler said he was working when he noticed the suspect knocking down a deputy.
“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,” said Lt. Andrew Scott, spokesperson for the Placer County Sheriff's Office.
The suspect has been identified as 41-year-old Timothy Trujillo “who was wanted on a felony warrant by Nevada State Police. Previous to the Best Buy incident, Trujillo had reportedly struck a police officer and tried to flee when deputies searching for him turned up in Roseville on Jan. 11.” That’s when Tyler was called to action.
“He started running past me and I thought I was doing the right thing by stopping him,” Tyler added.
So, what when through Tyler’s mind immediately after the man was taken into custody and he returned to his job?
“I understood that when I went back in there I was going to get into some type of trouble because Best Buy policy says we aren’t supposed to touch anybody,” he stated.
And what he got was, indeed, trouble - with a capital ’T!’ His manager called him into his office a week later and told him corporate was letting him go because he had overstepped the bounds of his job by tackling Trujillo.
A Best Buy representative issued a statement in response saying, “Our policy is clear, employees are not to chase potential criminals outside of the store. Chasing an individual in the parking lot creates a safety risk that isn’t worth taking, regardless of how noble an employee’s intention is.”
And, does Tyler regret having taken the bold action that resulted in the apprehension of a dangerous wanted criminal? Not in the least!
In fact, the former military man says he has no hard feelings toward his former employers. He is just happy he was able to help put the suspect behind bars.
“Seemed like it was the right thing, like I said it was someone running from the cops, seemed like the logical thing to do,” Tyler said.
Instead, Tyler is moving on with his life. Next up? Starting college in April.
As for the suspect, Timothy Trujillo: He is facing numerous charges associated with the series of events that led up to his arrest. He’s been booked into the South Palace Jail where he is being held without bail. The charges against Trujillo include burglary, possession of burglary tools, assaulting and resisting an officer, and possession of methamphetamine.
Please join us in thanking Tyler for his courage in intervening in an incident that could very well have escalated into something much more dangerous than it already was.
I am so grateful that there are brave citizens out there like Tyler who saw a chance to make a difference and went for it.