Man­ager hailed a hero in deadly heist

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

NASHVILLE — Po­lice in Ten­nessee say a teen was shot and killed while at­tempt­ing to rob a Burger King.

News out­lets re­port that Metro Nashville po­lice iden­ti­fied 18-year-old Ken­neth L. Jerni­gan as one of three masked gun­men who en­tered the Burger King on Mon­day night. Po­lice say the restau­rant’s man­ager, 34-year-old Mau­rice Far­ris, tack­led Jerni­gan, at which point the other two ran from the build­ing.

Po­lice be­lieve Jerni­gan was fa­tally wounded dur­ing the strug­gle with Far­ris.

Far­ris was wounded by the gun­fire and was hos­pi­tal­ized in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Po­lice say Far­ris en­dan­gered him­self to save his em­ploy­ees. His co-work­ers said he was a hero.

“He saved ev­ery­body here,” the un­named as­sis­tant man­ager told News 2 be­tween tears. “He got the gun from the gun­man and shot him. He took it out of his hand.”

Burger King said in a state­ment that the fran­chisee is co-oper­at­ing with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Au­thor­i­ties are seek­ing in­for­ma­tion about the two sus­pects who fled.

JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES

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