Troy Shafer thought he was doing the right thing on July 21 when he chased a purse-snatching suspect that had fled the Randall's store Shafer worked at in Round Rock.
His act cost him his job, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Shafer said he acted on instinct to help a 52-year-old customer who called out for help when her purse was taken from her cart. Shafer sprang into action and gave chase. He eventually retrieved her purse and police eventually captured a 15-year-old suspect.
Randall's officials said Shafer violated a company policy that prohibits such acts. Employees are trained to gather information for police, not try to apprehend a suspect themselves, store officials said.
-- Lance Murray