Would-be robber shot, killed by pharmacist in St. Charles Parish, officials say

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(1/23/19) A St. Charles Parish pharmacist shot and killed a would-be robber Monday evening when the culprit demanded drugs at gunpoint, officials said.

The attempted robbery was reported just before 6 p.m. at the Thrift Village Drugs store on Paul Maillard Road in Luling, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators said the culprit, who was masked and in black clothing, entered the store with a handgun. The man ordered the clerk and the pharmacist behind the counter and demanded drugs, officials said.

In an update Tuesday, officials said the suspect used a zip tie on the clerk’s hands. The pharmacist was able to get his gun before the suspect used a zip tie on him, according to officials. The two got into a scuffle and the suspect ran toward the front door, followed by the pharmacist, who tried to lock the door, officials said.

The suspect then turned back toward the pharmacist, charging him, and was then shot in the leg by the pharmacist, investigators said in an update. The suspect ran outside the store and collapsed about 100 yards in the back of the strip mall. The Sheriff’s Office pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Officials identified the suspect as Mark Fisher Jr.

The coroner’s office determined the suspect was shot once in the femoral artery.The Sheriff’s Office does not expect, at this point, to file criminal charges against the pharmacist. Officials said all evidence shows the pharmacist and the store clerk’s lives were in imminent danger and the shooting was justified, according to the update.

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