Family calls manager wounded in restaurant robbery a hero

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Family and friends of a restaurant manager call him a hero after investigators say he tackled one of three suspects involved in an armed robbery Monday night in Madison.

Metro police said three masked people entered the Burger King on Gallatin Pike North around 11:30 p.m. through a back door.

When they walked into the kitchen, Maurice Farris, a 34-year-old manager reportedly tackled one of the suspects, 18-year-old Kenneth Jernigan.

During the struggle between the two, Jernigan was fatally wounded, officers said.

Farris was critically injured and was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

As of Wednesday morning, Farris remained in critical condition but his family told News 2 he is now stable and showing signs of improvement.

"It's going to take more than six bullets to put my brother down," said Ben Bosher, a longtime friend who calls Farris his brother.

"Things will get better for sure because he's a fighter," Bosher explained. "He's gonna fight no matter what. I'm hopeful for the best. He'll recover and be the same guy he was before."

As for Farris tackling one of the suspects, Bosher said he is not surprised.

"My brother to me has always been a hero," Bosher said. "It doesn't surprise me that he put himself in harms way to save others because that's just the kind of person he is. He's going to look out for everybody else before he looks out for himself."

The search continues for the two other people involved in the attempted robbery at Burger King.

The suspects are believed to have left the scene in a small white SUV.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers at (615) 74-CRIME.

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