SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Pizza Hut worker says he was suspended without pay after a gunfight with a would-be robber at a Springfield restaurant.

The Springfield News-Leader reports police say an armed man kicked the store’s front glass door Sept. 12 to get inside after robbing teens in the parking lot.

Thirty-one-year-old William Hotop says he ran to get a gun that was kept in the store. He says when the intruder pointed a gun at him, they exchanged gunfire in a “good old-fashioned gunfight.” Hotop says he “protected” the store and is “basically” losing his job.

Pizza Hut said in a statement that like any case involving police, the employees involved are on leave of absence during the investigation.

Police say no one was hurt and no arrests have been made.

Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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