An armed robber tried to rob one man too many Monday night in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Geraldo Alvarado held up a pizza store in the northwest part of the city, and then made the mistake of attempting to rob one of the store’s delivery drivers in the parking lot.
A Domino’s delivery man who shot an alleged armed robber Sunday night did so in self-defense and will not face any criminal charges, according to the Albuquerque Police Department.
The man who police say robbed the pizza chain’s location near 12th and Menaul was in critical condition Sunday night, but improved to stable condition Monday morning, said APD spokesman Tanner Tixier.
Police were called to a robbery in progress at the Northwest Albuquerque Domino’s around 9:30 p.m. As officers were on their way, they received calls that shots had been fired, Tixier said.
When officers arrived, they found a man with at least one gunshot wound lying in the parking lot.
That man – later identified as Gerardo Alvarado, 52 – was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, where he then improved to stable condition, Tixier said.
Police say Alvarado went into the Domino’s and held up the business at gunpoint. Alvarado fled the business and then saw a pizza delivery driver in a car in the parking lot.
Alvarado tried to rob the driver, Tixier said, and the driver shot him.
Once he recovers sufficiently from his gunshot wound, Alvarado will be charged with one count each of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.
We don’t know at this time if the delivery driver had a concealed carry permit, but one isn’t needed to carry a handgun openly or concealed in your car in New Mexico, so that may be a moot point in this incident.
The driver will not face charges in what is a clear case of justified self-defense, but must be fired according to official Domino’s Pizza corporate policy, which forbids guns in the stores or in the cars of delivery drivers. This official policy is sometimes waived if the chain feels enough pressure in the wake of a self-defense shooting, but still remains official policy.