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Wife of Burger King Hero: He was already a hero to me

Felisa Stokes Farris, left, said her husband Maurice was already a hero before the shooting at Burger King in Madison. (Photo submitted) Felisa Stokes Farris, left, said her husband Maurice was already a hero before the shooting at Burger King in Madison. (Photo submitted)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The wife of the man credited with putting his own life at risk to save others tells News4 that's just the kind of person he is.

Felisa Stokes Farris said she isn't surprised her husband, Maurice Farris, jumped into action Monday night when three men tried to rob the Madison Burger King he manages.

"He's very kind, he's very sweet. He's always trying to help people," Farris said. "I really do believe he did the best thing he could do and I'm glad he helped all those people and everybody is OK and I hope he makes it out of this."

According to police, three masked suspects, at least two of them armed, entered the Burger King through the rear door. Kenneth Lamont Jernigan, 18, was in the lead.

As they came into the kitchen area, Maurice Farris tackled Jernigan. As he took Jernigan down, Jernigan’s two masked accomplices ran from the building. They are believed to have fled the area in a small white SUV.


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Police believe Jernigan was fatally wounded as he was tackled by and struggled with Maurice Farris, who was wounded by the gunfire and is in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

"I hope some justice gets done and they find the people who did it because at the end of the day, he's still fighting for his life," Farris said. "I have to take it one day at a time and pray every day and just hope he gets better."

On Wednesday police released surveillance photos of the two suspects and the car they were believed to have been driving.

If you have any information on the suspects, call Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

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