Nigel Haskett was working at a McDonald’s last August when he interceded to stop a man who was beating a woman in the restaurant. The assailant, later identified as Perry Kennon, went outside. Haskett also stepped outside and stood at the door to keep Kennon from re-entering the restaurant. Kennon retrieved a gun from his car and shot Haskett several times. The injured McDonald’s employee underwent three abdominal surgeries and still carries part of a bullet in his back. Haskett’s medical bills exceed $300,000. Kennon was arrested and charged with first-degree battery. At his arraignment, where he pleaded innocent, District Judge Lee Munson lectured Kennon about his long criminal record and lauded Haskett: “Here is this young man working for minimum wage, coming to the aid of a woman.” Munson passed the case on to Pulaski Circuit Court, and he and his court reporter each contributed $100 to a fund for Haskett that was set up by Twin City Bank.
Haskett filed a claim with the state Workers Compensation Commission. A claims specialist with McDonald’s insurer said in a letter to the Commission that “we have denied this claim in its entirety as it is our opinion that Mr. Haskett’s injuries did not arise out of or within the course and scope of his employment.” The case is pending before the Workers Compensation Commission. No hearing has been set. Watch security video of shooting. Everyone at ABRAMS LANDAU wishes Mr. Haskett success in his case and commends his heroism.