WATCH ABOVE: Security video shows a pharmacist shoot a robbery suspect. WARNING: Contains graphic violence. Viewer discretion is advised.
TORONTO – A pharmacist in West Virginia is being hailed as a hero after shooting a suspect and thwarting an attempted robbery at a local drug store.
Don Radcliff was busy Tuesday doing what he always does at Good Pharmacy in Pinch, WV – filling prescriptions – when a hooded 25-year-old Terry Gillenwater entered the shop and changed his life forever.
Security footage shows Gillenwater initially stand in the store and appear as a customer.
According to fellow employee Chris Monk in The Charleston Gazette, the suspect’s appearance inspired a joke from Radcliff.
“Are you here to rob me?” the pharmacist said.
Seconds later, Gillenwater pulled out a gun and did, indeed, try to rob the pharmacy.
Initially standing behind a colleague, Radcliff can be seen in the video reaching into a pocket and pulling out a pistol. A gunfight erupted moments later.
The Charleston Gazette claims that Radcliff fired three shots – including one that hit and jammed Gillenwater’s firearm.
In the blink of an eye, the shootout was over and the suspect was down and Radcliff unharmed. He found Gillenwater with gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen and tried to provide aid along with an intern.
Employees claim Radcliff could be heard saying, “Why did you make me do this?” and “I didn’t mean to do this.”
Gillenwater was eventually taken to CAMC General Hospital in Charleston, where he later died. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has decided not to press charges against Radcliff.
In the days following the incident, customers have been lining up to show their support. But even though many now consider him a hero, Radcliff isn’t smiling.
“He’s a lot more tore up now that he found out the guy died,” store owner Joe Good told the Gazette.
This was the first time the pharmacy has ever been robbed.