Pharmacy Employee Pulls Gun to Stop Robber


A pharmacy employee recently thwarted a theft by pointing a gun at the suspected robber.

A pharmacy employee recently thwarted a theft by pointing a gun at the suspected robber.

Sarah Dixon was working at Pharmacy Station in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, the morning of July 7, 2015, when she received a note that said, “This is a robbery. Don’t panic, or I will shoot,” according to GazetteXtra.

The note, which was allegedly from a man named Gerrick R. Richey, also demanded 60 oxycodone tablets.

Dixon received the note and told a pharmacy technician to call the police, according to the criminal complaint. Dixon then headed to the back room, and the alleged suspect followed her. She then retrieved a gun from her purse and pointed it at Richey.

The pharmacy’s surveillance footage showed Dixon continuing to point the gun at Richey as she directed him from the back of the store to the front.

The complaint also stated that Richey fled the scene and was caught by police at a gas station down the road.

Elkhorn Police Chief Joel Christensen told GazetteXtra that officers did not find a gun on Richey, and he gave heed to individuals in the same situation as Dixon.

“You don’t want anyone to get hurt,” Christensen said. “If this person would have had an actual weapon, it could have been a bad situation.”

The police chief did not know whether Dixon had a conceal-and-carry license, and she declined to comment when GazetteXtra inquired about it.

Richey, 24, was charged with attempted armed robbery and is currently being held in Walworth County Jail.

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