Robbery Takes A Turn After Pharmacist Shoots Would-Be Bandit

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Good Family Pharmacy.Good Family Pharmacy.

An apparent robbery took a turn after the would-be victim, a Kanawha County, West Virginia, pharmacist, shot and killed the bandit on Feb. 18.

Good Family Pharmacy employee Chris Monk told The Charleston Gazette his coworker, pharmacist Don Radcliff tried to “feel the guy out,” when the robber entered the store with a bandana over his face. Radcliff allegedly lightly asked “Are you here to rob me?” at which point the man pulled a gun out.

Radcliff pulled out a gun he had under his pharmacy coat and shot the alleged robber three times. A pharmacy intern and Radcliff tried to administer medical aid, but the would-be robber died of his wounds at a local hospital.

As Radcliff tried to stop the bleeding, he reportedly said, “Why did you make me do this?” and “I didn’t mean to do this.”

The pharmacy continued to assist patients after the mess was cleaned up, but Radcliff went home for the rest of the day.

"He’s a lot more tore up now that he found out the guy died,” pharmacy owner Joe Good said. 

The pharmacy has been robbed before and employees try to be alert to danger. “It’s always in the back of your mind,” Good said. “You just try to be prepared for it, because it happens.”

The suspect’s name has not been released, but Radcliff will not be charged.

Source: The Charleston Gazette Image via Google Maps