Phoenix pharmacy customer shoots armed man demanding opioids | The Daily Courier – Arizona News

Phoenix pharmacy customer shoots armed man demanding opioids | The Daily Courier – Arizona News

Signs posted at the entrance of a local Walgreens let possible customers know that the store remains closed Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Phoenix, after a customer at the drugstore shot and killed a man who was attempting to rob the pharmacy Tuesday night, according to police. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — A customer pulled a gun and shot a man who police say had jumped over the counter of a Phoenix pharmacy and pointed a gun at people while demanding opioids.

Authorities didn’t fault the customer, saying he was in the right place at the right time to stop the armed robbery attempt Tuesday night, police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said.

The suspect has been identified as 30-year-old Stephen Holguin, but police didn’t immediately release any other information on him.

Howard said the customer has been interviewed and released pending further investigation, but has declined to be identified or participate in media interviews at this time.

Arizona is among a number of states grappling with a surge of opioid abuse. The state had 790 opioid deaths in 2016, a 16 percent increase from 2015.

The scene in the Walgreens pharmacy was “full of chaos” when officers arrived, Howard said.

Police found a dozen employees and customers hiding from the wounded suspect who had taken refuge in an area at the back of the store.

Officers directed people to leave the business before a police dog was used to pull the wounded suspect away from his gun, Howard said. Officers administered CPR but the man died at the scene.

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