JACKSON - A manager at Culver's in Jackson is at home recovering after he was cut by a would-be robber.
It was a quiet Sunday morning until the unthinkable happened. The manager fought with the suspect, a 24 year old Waukesha man. He intended to rob the restaurant. A young woman who was working there called 911.
“They’ve been better,” shares Culver's Co-Owner Vinnie Busalacchi. “They’re shaken up. I talked to them, and they’re going to be okay.”
Police tell TODAY’S TMJ4 the masked suspect was armed with a shotgun. The manager grabbed the gun, then was stabbed in the head when the suspect pulled out a knife.
“I was surprised, in fact everyone was. Jackson’s a small town. Things like this don’t happen here,” says Vinnie Busalacchi.
When police arrived, the suspect got control of his shotgun and pointed it at the officers. That’s when the Jackson officer and two sheriff’s deputies opened fire, hitting him several times.
“Looking at it, it looked like a whole lot of drama going on!” remembers Kim Gildersleeve, the General Manager of Comfort Inn. “You’re wondering if everyone’s okay, making sure the employees are okay, all the guests are okay.”
The suspect was airlifted to Froedert Hospital. Meanwhile, the manager was treated at St. Joseph’s and released.
“I’m glad the manager is okay. Hopefully the culprit is okay so he can be charged accordingly,’’ adds Gildersleeve.
The employees will return to work as soon as they’re feeling ready. The West Bend Police Department is investigating the shooting.