VIDEO: Best Buy Security Guard Fired For Tackling Fugitive Who Attacked Deputy

The U.S. Army veteran has lost his security guard job at Best Buy due to his heroic actions.

Roseville, CA – A Best Buy security guard was fired by the company, after he helped deputies capture a fleeing suspect by tackling him to the ground in the store parking lot (video below).

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 Friday, 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 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.”

Tyler said he is not upset with the company, but that he also does not regret helping the deputies take a violent fugitive into custody.

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.

You can watch footage of Tyler’s swift tackle in the video below:

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JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

I applaud you on your heroism and thank you for your service! You are a security guard doing your job, any business would be proud to have you as their Security Guard

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

Best Buy, your not the only electronics store, your policy sucks. People should buy from a store that supports rightful actions, not one that supports losers!

artw4545
artw4545

It is not Best Buy's fault, with the repercussions of being sued or L & I claims they don't want to be libel. All those stores want is security people to be is visible. They want them to as useful as a wooden Indian.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Store policy for security is to not follow shoplifters out the door. This was not a violation of that sort of policy. This termination of employment with them is not going to look good for Best Buy, once people know that they fired a veteran.

Mandajean
Mandajean

I understand Best Buy’s policy. However I don’t agree with what they did to their security guard. I think what he did was right. And was in the right place at the right time. I’d rather have a security guard that isn’t afraid to jump in when absolutely needed. The policy they have in place to me seems like it’s almost alright to try and do something wrong since security isn’t allowed to use force to stop someone. I think some things need to be changed

Sargejh
Sargejh

Corporate America. More worried about doing things right, than doing the right thing.

Comet
Comet

Boycott Best Buy!

Cdavis57
Cdavis57

Best Buy is horrible abt this. I used to be security for them. They don’t want you to do anything but stand there w your finger up your nose! Boycott Best Buy!!! I do not shop there anymore. I feel so bad this veteran!!

Anomaly7
Anomaly7

Before protesting BB or calling them bad realize that this same action would have been taken by nearly every other major retail company and for good reason. While his deed was good, you HAVE to understand why this action has to be taken and the magnitude of things that can go wrong.

Cobia224
Cobia224

Hopefully this security guard is rewarded for doing the right thing. Proof that doing the right thing isxseldom easy...

Northern Guard
Northern Guard

To hell with Best Buy then. The officer required assistance. You tackled the suspect and immediately stood aside for the officer to take over... Try applying for a job with the police. Good job!

Wrthawg
Wrthawg

Best Buy just lost another customer and anyone I can influence.. We need all the help we can get

4theblu
4theblu

We figured that out w/o your help tu.

LEO0301
LEO0301

He certainly has the makings of a good police officer. Maybe he can get hired on by one of the departments in that area.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Hey. Dimwitted corporate idiots. It's against MY policy to do business with ANY corporation that's not concerned about customers safety or American's safety who has a policy of standing by and not stopping criminals due to fear of lost dividends to stock holders because of a POSSIBLE law suit!

Stanracer
Stanracer

This makes Best Buy management look like idiots.

ArtBeltranJr
ArtBeltranJr

Your supposed to encourage and support heroes not fire them. By by Best Buy, hello FRYS!

Kathywilson378
Kathywilson378

Someone get this hero a new job

Pack
Pack

Good job! Always do what is right, even if your douchebag employer disagrees.

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

Unless "thanks" pay the mortgage and puts food in the babies belly should have let the "professionals" do there job

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Ivanka
Ivanka

Won't be spending money in Best Buy anymore.

Fireman Larry
Fireman Larry

Security guard isn't a career, it's just the job to pay the bills until finds a career.

eggman54
eggman54

he got the shot end of the stick if I ha r.x a job to give him he would have it in a second

jaxholley
jaxholley

Time for him to apply with the police department

Kilr
Kilr

Hey, the guy is a vet. He should get some extra consideration if he decides he wants to go into law enforcement.