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shoplifter trying to flee with a pistol and bullets was rehired Friday, according to the man’s lawyer. 

A company spokeswoman confirmed Crouch’s reemployment.

“I am pleased to report that the head of Academy Sports + Outdoors stores spoke with Mr. Crouch and offered him his job back. And Mr. Crouch accepted,” said Crouch’s lawyer, Ryan Hobbs.

Earlier, the spokeswoman at the private company based in Katy, Texas, about 30 miles west of Houston, had said Crouch was fired in accordance with corporate policy after he tackled a suspect June 29 who was attempting to run from the Tallahassee store with a .40-caliber handgun and several boxes of ammunition.

The suspect, Jason White, threatened to shoot people with the stolen gun, police said.

He later was connected to the theft of two more handguns from a Tallahassee pawn shop.

Crouch’s firing drew national attention with many criticizing Academy’s actions while lauding the 32-year-old as a hero fired for doing the right thing. Expressions of support and job offers have been flowing in from around the country. 

Academy Sports, owned by Wall Street investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts since 2011, has about 250 stores in 15 Southern and Midwestern states.

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Academy Sports rehires manager it fired for thwarting suspected gun thief

Academy Sports + Outdoors reversed its position from earlier in the week after Dean Crouch’s termination from its Tallahassee location received widespread attention on social media. Many called him a hero for doing the right thing.

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