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Job opportunities, support come to clerk who shot suspected robber

Kai Porter
September 22, 2017 06:21 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A convenience store clerk in Northeast Albuquerque faced a deadly situation on Monday. Police say Jennifer Wertz shot a would-be robber at a Circle K at Eubank and Candelaria.

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While police may not be pressing charges, she now faces the challenge of finding a new job.

However, there could be a change in fortune for Wertz. She is already receiving multiple job offers and overwhelming support from the community.

Wertz said she plans to take some time off to deal with the emotional trauma of what she's been through, before deciding what to do next, but she said Calibers Gun Shop and Shooting Range has already contacted her.

"I would love to set up an interview and see if it's a good fit for me and good fit for them," she said.

Wertz wants people to know she's not upset she's losing her job at Circle K and doesn't want people blaming her co-workers at the store. She knew she was violating company policy by bringing a gun to work.

"I just want everyone to understand that I am not mad," she said. "And everything that's happening is on a corporate level and it has nothing to do with any individuals at the store, my bosses' decision -- anything it is totally 100 percent corporate."

Wertz said she did her research before she armed herself at work and knew her rights.

"And the law states that your home, your car and workplace is all an extension of your personal property, so you have the right to conceal your weapon," she said.

Wertz hopes her experience gives others the courage to protect themselves and take a stand against crime in Albuquerque.

"They don't have to be nonchalant and a sitting duck and bow down to these criminals, because that's the problem," she said. "We've bowed down so many times they're now running our city. We need to stand up and show them that we are willing to protect ourselves and protect our home and protect what matters."

People have already donated more than $5,000 to Wertz's GoFundMe page, which she set up to help pay the bills while she's out of work.

As for the suspected armed robber she shot, he's still recovering in the hospital and will go to jail once he's released.

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