Correction: This article has been updated with information about the tragic shooting at a Panera Bread location in Abingdon, Maryland and corrects the timeline of events.
On February 10th, two Harford County sheriff’s deputies were killed in a shootout with 67-year-old David Brian Evans at a Panera Bread location in Abingdon, Maryland.
Prior to the deadly shooting, Panera CEO Shaich had made the announcement that guns weren't allowed in any of the country's 1,800 Panera Bread locations:
"Within our company, we strive to create Panera Warmth. This warmth means bakery-cafes where customers and associates feel comfortable and welcome. To this end, we ask that guns not be brought into this environment unless carried by an authorized law enforcement officer.
Panera respects the rights of gun owners, but asks our customers to help preserve the environment we are working to create for our guests and associates."
According to CNBC, Shaich said that Panera just wanted to “recognize everyone's rights.”
However, those who support concealed carry point out that being armed in a public place can save lives and stop an active shooter before authorities arrive. Both Starbucks and Target have made similar announcements in the past.
The company's policy, unfortunately, didn't stop David Brian Evans from wielding his gun on the premises, or from tragically ending the lives of two police officers.
As the Washington Post reported, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims as Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey, a 30-year veteran, and Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon, who had been with the force for 16 years.