Academy Sports store manager fired after intercepting gun theft suspect

(image: Academy Sports) Academy Sports store manager fired after intercepting gun theft suspect

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that a manager of an Academy Sports store was fired Tuesday after tackling a suspect accused of stealing a handgun last month. The suspect allegedly threatened to shoot people.

Dean Crouch, 32, stopped the suspect, Jason White, from leaving the store at Mahan Drive with a .40-caliber pistol on June 29.

Crouch's attorney, Ryan Hobbs, says that the store has chosen to fire Crouch instead of treating him like a hero.

Tallahassee Police say that just hours before White was taken into custody, he stole two handguns from Cash America Pawn on South Adams Street.

White had asked to look at the handgun at the firearms counter in Academy Sports, was handed the gun, then ran towards the front door, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Crouch and another employee tackled White at the exit doors, recovering the gun, a stolen backpack, five boxes of ammunition and two magazines for the gun.

White admitted to stealing the gun and threatening to shoot people while being held in the store's office. He said he and his friends were being threatened by an unknown subject and wanted the gun so he could "kill him".

Crouch's attorney says his client is threatening to file a wrongful termination lawsuit against the store, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.

An Academy Sports spokesperson could not make any comments to the Tallahassee Democrat about specific personnel matters and policies.

The spokesperson did say that Crouch's termination was handled according to corporate policies.

Crouch had worked at the store for over two years and is concerned about finding a way to support his family.

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