Man Shot At On The Job Says Company Is Denying Him Counseling

Friday, September 7th 2007, 5:42 pm
By: News On 6

A pizza deliveryman who was robbed and shot at while on the job says the experience has left him struggling. Ron Hausher says he has nightmares, panic attacks and depression after a bullet missed him by mere inches last spring. News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright reports he’s asked Papa Johns to pay for some psychiatric counseling and says he was shocked when the company refused.

Ron Hausher says his life has taken a terrible turn for the worse, ever since he was robbed in March at an East Tulsa apartment complex, while delivering pizzas for Papa Johns.

"He had the gun pointed three feet from my face, so I was trying to duck my head below the window. He said where are you going? He fired. Turns out it was the same gun used to kill the kid in the pawn shop,” robbery victim Ron Hausher said. “I thought I was shot, police said it was a miracle that I wasn't killed."

Robbery detectives did arrest one suspect. They say he was an associate of the men arrested for murdering Cody Holmes a few weeks later during a robbery of the EZ Pawn. Police believe the man who shot at Ron, who is still on the run, is the same man suspected of shooting Holmes.

Ron says jumping into the car injured his shoulder, head and knee and Papa Johns sent him to physical therapy for about three months. Then, last week, he received a bill for $1,800 because the company denied his injury was work related. He says he also requested psychiatric counseling.

"They had me call a counselor in, I believe, Alabama. She was a little ole lady, it was like talking to a grandma on the phone. That didn't help," Hausher said.

Ron feels he needs a local professional and says after doing his best for the company, the least they can do is help get him back to normal.

"I can't sleep,” he said. “Whenever I see someone of questionable nature, become very paranoid, panic attack, stomach starts to hurt. My wife left me, she says I've changed."

News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright called Papa Johns in North Little Rock. They told The News On 6 they offered Ron counseling that would've been company paid. When asked for the counselor's credentials, they refused.

Paperwork shows Papa Johns is denying Ron's injuries are work related. Oklahoma has a state law that says if you weren't physically injured; the company does not have to pay for mental counseling.

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