Pharmacist ends drug store hold up by coaxing gun from suspect

The pharmacist coaxed the shotgun away from the man and escaped through the back door


By Sarah Maslin
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A 43-year-old Milwaukee man is under police custody at a local hospital after holding up a New Berlin pharmacy with a shotgun Wednesday, authorities said Friday.

The man entered New Berlin Pharmacy, located in a strip mall on Greenfield Ave., with a shotgun about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after he was denied a prescription refill. Customers and employees fled when they saw the weapon, someone called 911, and the pharmacist filled the man's prescription.

Then the pharmacist coaxed the shotgun away from the man and escaped through the back door, leaving only the suspect in the store, police said.

The suspect surrendered to police about 6 p.m. and was later taken to a local hospital, where he remained under observation as of Friday morning, according to a news release. Police said he will eventually be taken to the Waukesha County Jail on several criminal charges, which have not yet been referred to the district attorney's office.

There were no injuries during the incident, authorities said.

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