Pharmacist Shoots at Robber: Cops

Police are investigating an attempted robbery at a pharmacy in Winslow Township.

By David Chang
|  Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012  |  Updated 11:56 PM EDT
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A New Jersey pharmacist took the law into his own hands when confronted by a robber in his store.

NBC10Philadelphia.com - Cydney Long

A New Jersey pharmacist took the law into his own hands when confronted by a robber in his store.

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Police are investigating an attempted robbery at a pharmacy in Winslow Township.

It happened at Jolin's Pharmacy on the 400 block of Sicklerville Road around 2 p.m. Police say a suspect walked into the pharmacy and demanded Oxycontin from the pharmacist, later identified as Dr. John Agyemang, while reaching into his waistband.

"He actually had a gun," said Agyemang. "I saw the back of it."

Agyemang, also a Major in the Army Reserves, tells NBC10 the man tried to force his way behind the counter.

"I do carry," said Agyemang. "So I went for my gun and chased him out."

Police say Agyemang pulled out a gun and fired as many as five shots at the suspect. The would-be robber ran out of the store, jumped onto a mountain bike and rode into a wooded area, according to investigators.

Police say they’re not sure if the suspect was struck and are currently checking hospitals to see if anyone checked in with gunshot wounds. Agyemang was not hurt in the incident though he says he regrets firing the weapon outside.

"I do," said Agyemang. "Because you don't know who is out there, could be a child."

Detectives tell NBC10 Agyemang has proper gun permits. They seized surveillance video of the incident as evidence but have not yet released it.

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