Pizza Hut Fires Driver For Self-Defence

Ronald B. Honeycutt, 38, has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. He's been delivering pizzas for 20 years and has always packed heat on the job.

Jerome Brown-Dancler approached Honeycutt at around 11 p.m. on May 17 just after he had made a pizza delivery in Indianapolis. Brown-Dancler pointed a 9 mm handgun at the Pizza Hut employee as he was entering his van.

Brown-Dancler's gun carried a loaded 14-round clip but had no bullet in the chamber. When confronted, Honeycutt pulled his own 9 mm from the back of his pants and fired until it was empty. He says he fired 15 times in about eight seconds. An autopsy revealed Brown-Dancler was hit at least 10 times.

Honeycutt insists Brown-Dancler didn't fall until after the last shot was fired. "The guy kept standing," Honeycutt told the paper. "And the only thing he could say when I was grabbing his gun off the ground was, 'I just wanted pizza.'"

After the encounter, Honeycutt took Brown-Dancler's gun, fearing it might be stolen if it was left with the body. He drove to the Pizza Hut restaurant where he worked and told his manager to call police.

"This was late at night. This was a high-crime area," said Deputy Prosecutor Barb Crawford. "He left because he wasn't sure whether or not Brown-Dancler had any friends with him. As it turns out, he did indeed have friends with him. They left when they heard shots fired."

The pizza deliveryman won't face charges but his employer, Pizza Hut, has fired him for violating a company policy against carrying firearms.

Honeycutt says he plans to find another job delivering pizzas. "Other criminals better think twice, because I'm going back out there," he said.

"I hope those of you in the media will realize the incredible unfairness of a huge company telling its employees – in essence – they must agree to die for the company rather than use legal reasonable means to defend themselves," Rick Whitham, an Indianapolis attorney, told WND.


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