UPDATE: No Charges Filed Against Pharmacist Who Shot Robbery Suspect

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UPDATE 2/20/15 @ 1:40 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charges will not be filed against a pharmacist who shot and killed a man accused of trying to rob a pharmacy in Pinch.

The pharmacist, Don Radcliff, tells WSAZ that he's glad to hear the news, but says he is still struggling to cope with what happened.

"I can't say I'm at peace with it, but the hardest part right now is trying to cope with how his family feels," said Radcliff.

It happened Wednesday morning at Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch.

Investigators say Terry Gillenwater, 25, of Quick, walked into the pharmacy about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday with a mask on his face.

Radcliff says he and other pharmacy workers tried to joke with Gillenwater about his clothing, thinking it was because of the cold weather.

"We know almost everyone that comes in. We tried joking with him about being bundled up, 'hey are you here to rob us,' and he didn't even respond," said Radcliff.

Moments later Radcliff says Gillenwater then pulled out a gun and pointed it at the pharmacy staff. That's when deputies say the pharmacist pulled out his own gun he was carrying concealed and shot Gillenwater in the chest.

Radcliff says he and other workers tried to help Gillenwater by putting pressure on his wounds and talking to him, but he later died at the hospital. The idea of his death is something Radcliff is still struggling with, but is confident that he did the right thing.

"My daily devotional yesterday was John 10:10 'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.' That at least gave me some peace about it, said Radcliff. It tells me that God put me there for a reason It could have been much worse."

The pharmacy is open for business and is working to repair a broken window from the shooting.



UPDATE 2/20/15 @ 11 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charges will not be filed against a pharmacist who shot and killed a man accused of trying to rob a pharmacy in Pinch.

It happened Wednesday morning at Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch.

Investigators say Terry Gillenwater, 25, of Quick, walked into the pharmacy about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday with a mask on his face and then pulled out a gun and pointed it at the pharmacy staff.

That's when deputies say the pharmacist pulled out his own gun he was carrying concealed and shot Gillenwater in the chest.

During a news conference Friday, Kanawha County Prosecutor Chuck
Miller said everybody has a right to defend themself against deadly force. That's why no charges will be filed in the case.

Gillenwater was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.



UPDATE 2/18/15 @ 10:55 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office have released the name of the man who was shot and killed while allegedly trying to rob a pharmacy.

It happened Wednesday morning at Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch.

Investigators say Terry Gillenwater, 25, of Quick, walked into the robbery about 9:45 a.m. with a mask on his face.

They say he pulled out a gun and pointed it at the pharmacy staff.

That's when deputies say the pharmacist pulled out his own gun he was carrying concealed and shot Gillenwater in the chest.

Gillenwater was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Deputies say based on witness interviews and video evidence, the pharmacist will not be charged at this time.

The case will be forwarded to the Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office for review.



UPDATE 2/18/15 @ 3:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It was a typical day at Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch until a man showed up with his head and face covered.

The pharmacist thought he was just dressed for the cold, but it turns out, he was packing heat.

"He (the pharmacist) was just joking that this guy must be here to rob us. Whenever he said that, the guy stood in front of a customer and pulled his gun out," Patrick Good, the owner, said.

Seconds later, the pharmacist pulled out his gun and shot the would-be robber twice in the chest. Sheriff's deputies say he was taken to the hospital where he died.

"You gotta do what you gotta do," Frank Frye, who owns a body shop across the street, said. "Hopefully word gets around that this happened. Maybe there won't be anybody else try the same thing."

"More power to him. One less thief, in my opinion," Gale Hershberger, who lives next door, said. "If he came to my house, I'd do the same thing,"

Deputies say they have no plans to charge the pharmacist.

"At this point we don't see anything that he did other than protect himself and his business," Chief Deputy Mike Rutherford said.

"You can't just be passive when people come in trying to rob you. I mean, you work all of your life for stuff like this, and you can't just let someone take it away from you," Good said.

Good is a strong believer in self defense and says he has no problem with his employees carrying guns.

"You're always prepared. We carry all the time," Good said. "You always have that in the back of your mind. You just hope and pray that you never have to act on it."

The would-be robber's name has not yet been released.

As for the pharmacist, Good says he's physically fine, but that the whole situation has taken an emotional toll on him.



UPDATE 2/18/15 @ 3:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A robbery suspect, who was shot by a pharmacist, has died from his injuries.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says the robbery was reported at Good Family Pharmacy along Pinch Road in Pinch about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The person who called 911 told dispatchers the suspect had been shot by a member of the pharmacy staff.

Deputies say the masked suspect entered the pharmacy and pointed a gun at the staff.

The pharmacist on duty pulled out his own gun he was carrying concealed and shot the suspect in the chest, according to deputies.

Pharmacy staff began lifesaving measures on the suspect, until emergency crews got on scene. He was then taken to CAMC General Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The suspect's name has not been released at this time.

Deputies say based on witness interviews and video evidence, the pharmacist will not be charged at this time.

The case will be forwarded to the Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office for review.

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UPDATE 2/18/15 @ 11 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A pharmacist who shot a suspect in an attempted robbery at a Pinch pharmacy is not facing charges, at this point.

The robbery was reported at Good Family Pharmacy along Pinch Road in Pinch about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say a man walked into the pharmacy, pulled out a gun and then the pharmacist shot the man with a different gun.

Deputies say the suspect was shot in the chest and was taken to a nearby hospital. No word on his condition.

Investigators say at this point they have no plans to charge the pharmacist because it appears he was just defending himself.

We have a crew at the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of an attempted robbery that ended in a shooting.

The robbery was reported at Good Family Pharmacy along Pinch Road in Pinch about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Kanawha County 911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ a man walked into the pharmacy, pulled out a gun and a pharmacist pulled out their own gun out and shot the man.

The dispatcher says the man is still in the pharmacy, but there's no word on the extent of the man's injuries.

Several officers are on the scene.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.




 
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