Autozone Fires An Air Force Veteran, Devin McClean, For Foiling Robbery

York County, Va.- Autozone fired one of its employee’s, Devin McClean, an Air Force Veteran, after he foils a robbery.

Devin was working at the Autozone in York County, Va. When a criminal nicknamed “The Beard Bandit” walked into the store brandishing a weapon. This guy had already robbed the store once before, and was a suspect in 30 other robberies. The Air Force Veteran took action:

“I waited for him to go up toward the front, I ran out of the restroom, ran out to my truck where I keep my own personal weapon, grabbed my weapon, came back into the store and confronted the guy,” says McClean.


“When I yelled “freeze” and I said “Stop, drop the weapon,” he threw his hands up with his gun still in his hand he started running,” says McClean. “I felt like it was my responsibility to step in.”


Devin’s manager is grateful.


“He was like “Thank you Devin, you really saved my life,” says McClean.

Two days later, he was fired.


Courtesy WTKR.COM This is also the link to the original story.

According to Autozone’s corporate office, they have a new gun policy, and that is why he was fired. So Autozone, if the manager had been killed had Devin not acted, how would you have felt then? Devin is responsible citizen who acted to save others, and to protect your store from being robbed, and this is how you show gratitude?

McClean said “If I can save somebody’s life, I put that way above a store policy”. Devin, we agree, you did the right thing and we stand by you for what you did as a citizen with the right to bear arms.

Here is the video:

Some are already voicing their opinions on Autozone’s facebook page, if you would like to do the same here is the link. But remember we are Military and Veterans, keep it civil, no threats etc. But we feel this Veteran did the right thing and should not have lost his job for protecting others. I’m sure some will not agree he did the right thing, but we believe he did.

Autozone on Facebook


From the Sheriff:

The sheriff said he was disappointed to hear that McLean lost his job on account of stopping the robbery.

“That’s certainly unfortunate,” he said. “They should be doing something to reward that young man instead of firing him.”

Sheriff Diggs said AutoZone has also sent an unintended message to the community.

“The company has now sent a message to every would-be robber out there – ‘Hey we’re open for business and unarmed. Come on in and take our money,’” he said.

UPDATE Devin went on the record with Greta last night, here is the video:


Seems Autozone is also a sponsor of the Liberty Bowl(Ironic?) Autozone Liberty Bowl Facebook Page




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