When Colin Bruley, a leasing agent for the Jacksonville apartment complex where he lives, heard a woman screaming that she’d been shot, he grabbed his shotgun and ran to help. He found his neighbor bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound to the leg resulting from a domestic dispute. He called for help and waited with the woman until she was taken to the hospital, where she recovered.
At 9:30 the next morning, seven hours after the incident, Bruley received a call from his manager. The manager took a report and then called back to say he was fired. The leasing company, Village Green Cos., based in Michigan, cited Bruley for “gross misconduct,” noting that company policy prohibits the use of any weapons in the workplace. Bruley later said he’d thought they were calling to give him “some kind of commendation.”
Bruley’s case was rapidly tried in the court of public opinion, where everyone from web columnist Matt Drudge to the National Rifle Association weighed in on the matter. Next stop might be a courtroom: Bruley said he is considering hiring a lawyer about his dismissal.
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