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Coworkers say they knew injured Nashville Burger King manager had their back

(Fox 17 News)

A Madison Burger King manager remains in critical condition on Wednesday after police said he was shot trying to protect his staff.

Metro Nashville Police said the three masked men forced their way into the fast food restaurant’s kitchen during an attempted robbery. Two of those men had guns, and 34-year-old Maurice Farris was shot trying to wrestle a gun away from them.

Fox 17 News talked to Sheri Frazier, a friend and former co-workers of Farris, who was shot in the torso and is recovering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

“The term ‘take a bullet for somebody,' I think has now gone literally for him because he would apparently," Frazier said. "And he's a really good guy.”

Frazier said she used to work with Farris at a Burger King in Hendersonville.

“We knew he had our back,” Frazier. “We knew he was there for us.”

In the struggle, Metro police said Farris was shot in the stomach while the robbery suspect, 18-year-old Kenneth Jernigan, was shot and killed.

Police are still looking for the two other masked men in the surveillance pictures.

Friends said Farris works hard to support his daughter and risked his life on the job to prevent gunmen from doing anything worse.

“I'm so thankful that he was there to stop that,” Frazier said. “He’s a hero to me, and I'm proud of him.”

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