California Pharmacist Shoots Armed Robber

California Pharmacist Shoots Armed Robber
The unidentified suspect who was shot while robbing a pharmacy in California. photo from vvdailynews.comweb photo

When two armed men walked into an Apple Valley, California pharmacy with the intent of robbing it, one ended up fleeing and the other was taken away in an ambulance.

In this story from vdailypress.com, Jonathan’s Pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint by two suspects at about 7 p.m. on April 14. The pharmacist responded by opening fire with his own gun, striking one of the suspects, police said. The second suspect fled before police arrived. http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20170407/alleged-armed-robber-shot-second-suspect-still-at-large

The story says the employee, the pharmacist’s boss, and two technicians were in the business when the incident occurred. No one but the robber was injured.

The wounded suspect suffered “non-life-threatening” injuries, the story said, and was taken to a local hospital before being arrested.

The story says the second suspect fled in a black 2000 Nissan Altima. Police did not release any further details.

The story also doesn’t say if the pharmacist who shot the suspect will face any charges in a state with some of the most notorious gun laws in the nation.

However, the state's self defense laws, in particular those governing self defense outside of the home (CALCRIM #505 and #506) state that a person commits "justifiable homicide" if they reasonably believe they are in danger of being injured or killed, reasonably believe they needed to use force to protect this form happening, and that person uses no more force than was necessary to stop the threat, according to wklaw.com.