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‘Douche du Jour’: Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Craig French Allegedly Pulls Gun on Nicole Thurmond, Nine Months Pregnant, in Oswego, Illinois Walmart over Too Many Express Lane Items

An off-duty Illinois sheriff’s deputy stands accused of pulling his gun on a pregnant woman in a Walmart because she had too many items for the express checkout lane.

NBC Chicago reports that Nicole Thurmond, who is two weeks from her due date, was in the express checkout lane of an Oswego, Illinois Walmart on a recent Sunday when her day suddenly took a turn for the worse.

“I felt someone close behind me,” Thurmond told the station. “He started being really rude and said, ‘Don’t you know how to count? You are holding up the whole store.'”

Unbeknownst to Thurmond, the irate customer was off-duty Kendall County Sheriff’s deputy Craig French. When Thurmond’s husband Jason, who had been off grabbing some eggs, returned to the checkout area, he was alarmed by what he saw.

“There was a guy in her face, yelling at her,” he told NBC Chicago. “In an aggressive manner he steps toward me, and I just push him back to keep him away from my wife and myself, and before I knew it I just froze because he pulled out a gun.”

Jason says the gunman did not show his badge, was waving his gun around, and asked if the couple was on welfare.

“At one point I turned by back to him, because I was afraid if it did go off, at least it hits my backside and not in the front where my baby is,” Nicole told NBC Chicago.

Only after waving his gun around did French identify himself as a sheriff’s deputy.

Incredibly, Jason Thurmond was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery for shoving French.

The Thurmonds have filed a formal complaint with the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department, which issued a statement claiming the incident is under internal investigation.

“I’m a big believer in karma,” Nicole Thurmond told NBC Chicago. “Someday he’ll be the one who can’t move very fast. He’ll see.”

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