After Nationwide Backlash, Best Buy Issues New Statement About Firing Guard

Best Buy has offered a security guard his job back after they fired him for assisting police in the parking lot.

Roseville, CA – The Best Buy security guard who was fired after he chased down a suspect who punched a deputy in the store parking lot has been offered his job back.

"We made a decision to fire our employee for violating our clear policies, but have had reason to take another look at what happened," Best Buy told FOX News on Monday.

It's not clear if their "reason" is nationwide backlash since the story broke, or if they actually took the time to investigate afterwards.

The incident occurred on Jan. 11, after Placer County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) detectives tracked 35-year-old fugitive Timothy Trujillo to the Best Buy store in Roseville, KXTV reported.

Tyler, who only wanted his first name to be used, said he noticed a group of undercover sheriff’s deputies as they converged on the suspect out in the parking lot, according to KTXL.

But the fugitive then went on the fight, punching one of the deputies and knocking him to the ground.

“When they confronted him, the man punched one of the detectives and tried to run off,” PCSO Lieutenant Andrew Scott explained. “That’s when the security guard tackled the man, preventing him from escaping.”

Security footage showed Trujillo as he raced through the packed parking lot.

“He started running past me and I thought I was doing the right thing by stopping him,” Tyler told KTXL.

As Trujillo ran past the front of the building, Tyler suddenly darted into the frame, and quickly closed the gap between him and the fleeing suspect, the video showed.

The security guard and Trujillo both sailed through the air as Tyler slammed into him, landing hard on the asphalt several feet later.

As soon as Trujillo hit the ground, Tyler jumped to his feet and backed away, and the deputies moved in to take the suspect into custody.

“Obviously, we are very grateful [Tyler] intervened," Lt. Scott told KXTV. "Luckily no one was hurt. That’s our first and most pressing concern in something like this, but because he intervened, we were able to catch this man and take him off the streets."

Tyler, a U.S. Army veteran, said he knew there would be consequences for his decision to intervene, but that he didn’t hesitate to do what he felt was right, KTXL reported.

“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 told the news outlet. “[But it] seemed like it was the right thing… Someone [was] running from the cops – seemed like the logical thing to do.”

Best Buy fired him on Jan. 25, he told KXTV.

“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, according to KTXL.

“Our policy is clear, employees are not to chase potential criminals outside of the store,” Best Buy initially told KTXL in a statement. “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.”

But the company has since reconsidered its position, and ultimately decided they would like to have Tyler back.

“In the end, we understand he made a split-second decision to do what he thought was right and, while we wish he hadn’t put himself at risk, we regret our initial decision and will be offering him his job back," Best Buy said, according to FOX News.

It was unclear whether Tyler, who is going to start college in April, planned to accept the company’s offer to go back to work for the store.

Trujillo was wanted out of Nevada at the time of his arrest, KXTV reported.

Detectives located stolen property, burglary tools, and methamphetamine in his vehicle, and were also able to connect him with multiple local burglaries.

He has been charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of methamphetamine, and assaulting and resisting a peace officer.

Comments (21)
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JBo
JBo

If he goes back, he should probably be aware of the writing on the wall.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

"Oops, we made a mistake - look at all this negative feedback we got. We'd better hire Tyler back, so that all this boycotting and angry e-mails and phone calls will stop!" - Best Buy's private thoughts.

qazwiz
qazwiz

I haven't heard enough to return to Worst Buy stores (spell check sees no problem) They need to make an announcement that will show a policy change that allows personal judgment call like this to be rewarded, not punished. I might suggest if someone is running that temporary detainment to assess situation should be allowed. Running in or out of store risks injury as well as might be criminal perpetrator so a NO RUNNING policy is not only smart but could reduce accidents too

DaleAWood
DaleAWood

Just say NO & enjoy the unemployment money from "Worst Buy" for wrongful termination. It had to be wrong ,right, they offered him his job back ??

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

No fan of Best Buy or these craven, bean counter policies, but BB just opened itself to possible action by God knows how many people they've canned for the same. The internet lynch mob wins again! We truly are in "interesting times".

MarkCarter
MarkCarter

Still wondering why anyone is going to BB these days? Tried to buy something one day and realized Amazon had it for 60% less (had to get close to the doors since no signal deep inside the store )- 24 hours delivery - no cold no snow and UPS would come to MY door and pick it up if I decided I don't like it - and I don't have to argue with the genius at the counter IF I found one about why something is not working - sad to see it but BB is not what it once was - another store heading "that" way...

K9ndn
K9ndn

They have gotten away from just helping people in general. When people called BB and companies called and threatened to cancel contracts and protest against them it effected thier bottom line. This is how you get there attention hit there wallet.

AmyHaupert
AmyHaupert

So they don’t “want anyone to put themselves at risk” but this dude was in the military? Come on idiot employers: if you’re hiring a veteran you’re hiring someone who has seen crap your snowflake ass will NEVER see. Kudos to Tyler for having the balls to do the right thing even tho’ the pansy policy writers wouldn’t know how to pick themselves up off a floor. Tyler needs to be promoted to the new National Best Buy Security Director.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I gave up on Worst Buy a long time ago. Tho it's nice to see them back off on firing the security guard, I still won't shop in their stores. It is also nice to see that enough pressure could be aroused by the social media to get them to backpedal so quickly.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Best Lies is worse than dealing with a car dealership. I have not been in their stores nor bought anything from them in at least 10 years. I don't know how they stay in business.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Their response was simply economic; they were afraid of a social media boycott. Next thing to watch is if they wait a little time and find another reason to fire this guy! Best Buy really needs to examine their policies and make intelligent decisions after investigation instead of knee-jerk reactions, which doubtfully came from “corporate”. Likely the snowflake store manager. Damn, the country is sure going to shit!!!!!!!!

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

The same thing happened to my 21 yr old grandson here in Rancho Cordova CA. He was working at a local sporting goods store when a guy came in and price checked a $1500 depth finder. After checking the price the guy ran out the door and my grandson followed close behind him to get the license plate number of the car he was in. He never touched the guy but did get the plate number. For that he was fired!

365
365

All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Well done Tyler.

LegalGenius1965
LegalGenius1965

Give that man a RAISE!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Knee jerk reaction by Best Buy twice! Fire the guy because they are afraid of civil liabilities, then hire him back because they’re afraid of people not shopping there. It’s a money thing with Best Buy, it’s decision has nothing to do with the well being or morals of this kid Tyler. I’m sure he has gotten other offers for work after this story broke. Good on you Tyler, thank you for your help with the LE community.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

And all the criminals know this. No wonder they are getting bolder.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

From one Dog Face to another, this kid did the right thing regardless. Those cops needed help, you were in a position to back them up, you do it! Me and many others understand exactly why you made this decision and would have made the same decision had we been in your shoes.

For Best Buy, it's all about their bottom line and the all mighty dollar Tyler, they could give two sh*ts about you son. I'm very proud of you for what you did and the way you handled yourself. Kudos to you my fellow brother in arms.

GForce48
GForce48

These corporate policies that we hear about numerous times throughout the years aid and abet criminals should be an embarrassment to the various entities that espouse them. Evil should be confronted by all goodhearted people and those that do the confronting should be celebrated not fired!

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

I don't get Best Buy's policy, what's the point of Security if they can't even touch the guys doing the wrong thing? What if some dude started breaking their stuff, is the Security guy just supposed to watch it happen?