Papa John's deliveryman shoots gunman in face

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – A pistol-packing, pizza delivery man, fights back and shoots an armed robber. Now that suspect and three others are facing charges.

They're accused of basically stalking the man, then jumping him, after he delivered a pizza to a home on the 8000 block of Possum Trail in Mechanicsville. The driver left the pizza place to make a delivery, unaware that four people were watching his every move. One of them, wearing a ski mask and carrying a BB gun tried to rob him, but the pizza guy was ready for him.

Dana Trader and her son, Matt, can still see the blood from a man shot in their driveway. They're the ones who ordered the pizza from Papa Johns on Sunday. Moments after the delivery guy gave them their pizza, he was jumped.

"Next thing you know I heard a gunshot and I thought, 'that can't be a gunshot not here no way!'" said Dana Trader. "I just saw feet. I just saw that somebody was down but I never saw the robbers or anything."

The delivery driver had just delivered the pizza when he was approached by the suspect carrying a gun. He pulled out his own gun from his car and shot the suspect in the face.

"I would have done the same thing!" said Dana's son, Matt. "Really, it's kill or be killed out here! One second later he could have been the one getting shot."

The driver was followed by the suspect from the Papa Johns on Mechanicsville Turnpike to the Trader's home where the shooting happened. Dana believes this incident will serve as a lesson for anyone looking to target delivery drivers in the future.

"They only have a certain amount of change so you're not going to get a whole lot from a pizza driver but you might get a pistol," said Dana. "They put their lives in a lot of danger to deliver a $12 pizza. Is it worth it?"

A Papa John's spokesperson wouldn't tell us whether they allow delivery drivers to carry guns. They did tell us that the driver's employment status will be determined once the investigation is complete.

The suspect, 26-year-old Brandon Floyd was taken to MCV and is currently receiving treatment for his injuries. The mug shots for Floyd and the three others charged in this incident are not being released because they could be related to other robberies in other areas.

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