Clerk who shot suspected robber says she's being fired

Kai Porter
September 22, 2017 06:19 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A Circle K clerk is speaking out after shooting a suspected armed robber.


Jennifer Wertz said Circle K suspended her for two weeks, but she said she expects to lose her job completely.

"All I wanted to do was make sure I went home to my kids," Wertz said. "I have three children. I'm all they have."

Wertz said she felt her life was in danger Monday afternoon when a suspected armed robber walked into her store at Eubank and Candelaria and pointed a gun at her.

"It was literally within seconds," she said. "He pointed the gun. He actually fully engaged the gun, raised it and pointed it at my face. And then I pulled my gun, cocked it and then shot."

The suspected robber, identified as 23-year-old Ferron Mendez, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police believe he may also be responsible for an armed robbery at a nearby 7-Eleven earlier in the day. Wertz said she armed herself with her gun, which she has her concealed carry license for, after hearing about the other robbery.

"I'd rather be alive and have to find another job," she said. "So was thinking about it and I realized it was either shoot or be shot so I decided to protect myself."

Police said Wertz won't face charges. She understands why she's being disciplined by her employer for violating company policy by carrying a gun at work.

"I will continue to protect myself and my family," she said. "I understand the cops can't always be there. They're not always right around the corner. And we have to do something because these criminals are running our town. I've lived here 9 years and they're literally running our town."

KOB reached out to Circle K multiple times for comment but have not heard back.

To help Wertz and her family, click here.


Kai Porter

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