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May 21, 2013

Employee at 21st Street pharmacy pulls gun, thwarts robbery – again

A man who attempted to steal narcotics from Salyer Pharmacy near 21st and Broadway wound up being chased from the store by a clerk with a handgun, police said Tuesday.

A man who attempted to steal narcotics from Salyer Pharmacy near 21st and Broadway wound up being chased from the store by a clerk with a handgun, police said Tuesday.

If that sounds somewhat familiar, it’s because nearly six years ago another robbery attempt at the store was thwarted by an employee with a gun.

In the most recent case, the man entered the store at 102 E. 21st St. at about 9:15 a.m. Monday and asked an employee for hydrocodone, police Lt. Randy Reynolds said. The man then pulled a knife and went around the counter to grab two bottles of narcotics, Reynolds said.

A second employee in the store saw what was happening, picked up a gun and ordered the man to drop the drugs. The man complied and fled the scene on foot, Reynolds said.

Witnesses told police the suspect was a white man, about 35 years old and was wearing a tan Carhartt-style coat with a hood.

In August 2007, a 27-year-old man with a bandage wrapped around his head walked into the pharmacy on a Saturday morning and demanded painkillers.

One of the pharmacists grabbed a pistol-grip shotgun and told the man, “Put the gun down. Drop it.”

When the man swung his gun toward the other pharmacist, the first pharmacist fired, fatally shooting the man.

Nola Foulston, then the Sedgwick County district attorney, ruled the shooting was self-defense.

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