ROSEVILLE, Calif. -- A Best Buy security guard was fired after he tackled a suspect fleeing from deputies.
The security guard told KTXL his immediate reaction was to help the deputy in distress. Although he knew there were consequences, he said he didn't think twice before jumping in.
Surveillance footage, recorded by the family of Tyler, the former security guard, shows Placer County deputies chasing a suspect through a shopping plaza in Roseville, California.
“There was a guy who walked by, and when he got by his car, a bunch of undercover sheriffs came over to arrest him,” said Tyler.
Tyler, an Army veteran, who only wanted to be referred to by his first name, was working at the Best Buy store when he noticed a man, identified as 35-year-old Timothy Trujillo, knocking down a deputy.
“When they confronted him, the man punched one of the detectives and tried to run off. That’s when the security guard tackled the man, preventing him from escaping,” said Lt. Andrew Scott, spokesperson for the Placer County Sheriff's Office.
“He started running past me and I thought I was doing the right thing by stopping him,” Tyler added.
Eventually, deputies were able to arrest Trujillo, but Tyler said his good deed was quickly overshadowed when he went back inside the store.
“I understood that when I went back in there, I was going to get into some type of trouble because Best Buy policy says we aren’t supposed to touch anybody,” he stated.
One week later, Tyler said he was given the pink slip.
“My manager called me in and said corporate decided to let me go because I used excessive force and it was against Best Buy’s policy to intervene,” Tyler said.
A Best Buy representative issued a statement in response saying:
“Our policy is clear, employees are not to chase potential criminals outside of the store. Chasing an individual in the parking lot creates a safety risk that isn’t worth taking, regardless of how noble an employee’s intention is.”
Tyler told KTXL he has no hard feelings toward his former employer. He said he's just happy knowing he helped put a criminal behind bars.
“Seemed like it was the right thing. Like I said, it was someone running from the cops. Seemed like the logical thing to do,” Tyler said.