A quick-thinking Domino’s delivery driver in Mesquite, Texas, saved his own life Saturday night by fatally shooting a 16-year-old robber who opened fire on him during a routine pizza delivery. A second teenager — an accomplice — is in custody following the harrowing incident.
Police say that the unnamed Domino’s delivery driver had driven to a supposed customer’s home at 11:20 p.m. Saturday when two men opened the door and attempted to rob him at gunpoint. The now-deceased armed suspect, Wayne Delaney Osborne, aimed his gun at the driver’s head. Luckily, the pizza delivery guy was also armed and was able to shoot back in self-defense.
The second teen is being charged with aggravated robbery, but the pizza delivery guy will not face charges and is on paid leave.
Police say that the home was unoccupied and that the teens were using it as a stakeout.
The local Domino’s franchise says this is the seventh time one of their drivers has been robbed.
“The driver is cooperating fully with local law enforcement and the franchisee told me this afternoon that he will be offering the driver paid time off to give him a chance to deal with what was certainly a high-stress situation that, tragically, never should have happened,” a Domino’s representative told NBC News. “Nobody should ever have to confront a life-and-death situation while trying to earn a paycheck delivering pizza.”