Oklahoma Pharmacist Shoots and Kills Robber

A witness to the incident says that the pharmacy’s owner was robbed about three years ago.   It would appear that he has learned from his past experience and has decided to never be the submissive victim again!  Kudos!

Oklahoma City pharmacy worker shoots robbery suspect
Few details available in incident near SW 59 and Penn
BY MATT DINGER – NewsOK
Published: May 20, 2009

A suspected armed robber was shot and killed by a pharmacy employee Tuesday evening, police said.

The suspected robber was shot at least four times, twice in the head and twice in the chest, police said.

[D-a-a-a-a-ng boy!  Someone’s been practicing at the range!  Nice shooting!]

Police Sgt. Mike Klika said authorities responded to an armed robbery call about 5:50 p.m. at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy, 5900 S Pennsylvania Ave.

[…]

A man was detained and the vehicle he was driving was seized by police about a block away from the business, Klika said. Investigators believe the man was involved in the robbery. A third man, described only as a black male wearing a red shirt and dark pants, is still on the loose, Klika said.

Police would not release the identities of the people involved in the incident.

[…]

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30 Comments on “Oklahoma Pharmacist Shoots and Kills Robber”

  1. irishoaks Says:

    Reliable shooting at Reliable Pharmacy.

  2. Cheryle Says:

    Our families have used Reliable Phar. for 40 plus years. We feel like family with the owner. He and the employees are all great people. It makes you very nerves going in after a robbery a few months back. It’s good to know that there is some protection when you walk in the Phar. from people that won’t to take your freedom away. “Thanks our Pharmacy”. Our prayers are with all of you.

  3. Cheryl Says:

    I think that this man being charges with 1st degree murder (by the way that is premeditated) is crap. If you walk into any business with a gun and intend on robbing them you get what you deserve I don’t care how young or old you are. These men knew what they were doing and this business owner had the right to defend himself and his employees and customers. How dare they charge him with murder!!!

  4. Glen Says:

    In all facets of life there is a “cost of doing business” that you must factor in to determine whether it is worth proceeding. If these animals walk into an establishment with loaded guns and intend on robbing/harming owners bystanders then they forfeit ALL rights period. They have no rights the moment they attempt the robbing. If they happen to get well deserved LEAD POISIONING from the owner, or a cop, or a bystander, well Sorry guys that is THE COST OF DOING YOUR NASTY BUSINESS! If you weren’t there with evil intentions you wouldn’t have put yourself in harms way. Life has consequences! Acquit the pharmacist and bill the punks family for the cleanup.

  5. Gsharon710 Says:

    Robbery can be something that stays on the minds of business owners, and I applaud those who still operate services for our needs. In this case, the Pharmacist says he felt threatned after having already shot the child in the head, and the video shows him walking up to him and pumping more bullets into a non threatning robber. If he felt he was still in harms way from this child, he should have gotten his body behind the counter and held a gun ready for more shots if needed. I think it is great that other adults in the robbery are being charged. If you have shot someone and he is on the floor, possibly dead, don’t walk up on him. Keep a safe distance but be ready to pump if necessary. The last shots to this child was uncalled for, but I don’t think the Pharmacist should be charged with first degree murder. I do however think he should hold some charge that will not hurt his business and family life. His first thought should be of thankfulness that the only one who remained in the store was shot, and should not have possibly put himself in harms way by approaching this child, even if he was motionless. The video tell a lot. If the police had walked into the store during the time he was pumping five more bullets into a body on the floor, he, himself, may have been in danger of being shot by the police. With all this, none of us know how we will respond to robbery be it in business or home, or person, but once the threat has quieted, it is over. This could have possibly been a great lesson to the child on crimes, adults who are trust worthy, and what he wants out of life, if he had lived. The one responsible for the robbery using children should be the ONLY ones charged with first degree murder. My prayers go out to all families relative of the incident.


    • Just a quick note:

      Not to nitpick, but you are somewhat mistaken. The video does NOT show him pumping bullets into a “non-threatning robber.”

      First of all, the pharmacist wears a back brace, that is why he is walking around and not running. To someone who doesn’t realize this, it might appear that Mr. Ersland (the pharmacist) was being cold and calculating, but such is not the case.

      Secondly, in the video, the counter is blocking the camera’s view of the downed perp. Therefore, the video NEVER shows us the actual physical state of the punk lying on the floor. Mr. Ersland has claimed that the punk was starting to get back up, which prompted Mr. Ersland to pump some more lead into him. The video neither confirms nor disproves this account.

      So, it is merely supposition on the part of the media and the prosecutor that the punk was lying unconscious on the floor when Mr. Ersland finished the job.

      As for me, I would have immediately unloaded everything I had into the little scum-sucking puke. It’s basic instinct…

      Cheers

      • T Says:

        I was in the Military for 21yrs, fought in two wars and countless missions! Killing someone is not glorious and should not be taken lightly, everyone that has commented ( and I read alot) probably has not ever pulled a trigger in THERE LIFE!!!!! Too shoot someone once to defend yourself is commendable!!! Too shout someone six times is MURDER. So the next time you pull a trigger and someone is on the recieving end please call and let me know if you shot him out of anger or did you defend yourself!!!11 the Unknown Soldier!!!

        • Gonzo Says:

          The notion that a person, shot once, falls to the ground and is no longer a threat, is a misnomer perpetrated by years of inaccurate movie and TV representation. If you were a combat vet, surely you would know that a person can be hit by a single bullet and still remain capable of engaging in a fire fight.

          Look at the video below. In it is a real life, “caught on camera” shooting of a lawyer by a disgruntled client. While you may think that the lawyer was never shot, he actually was, several times. Real life is NOT that a person takes one shot and goes down, necessarily. Hence, I doubt your credentials, and I find your argument lacking legitimate perspective.


        • T,

          Well, good for you. I was in the military, also.

          No, I’m not particularly happy about Mr. Ersland’s decision to pull out his Desert Eagle and unload on the little punk after the punk was down. However, Mr. Ersland claims the punk was moving and the video doesn’t confirm nor deny this. Therefore, it is between Mr. Ersland and God.

          The jury found him guilty of first degree murder. I do not agree with their decision as they were led by emotions and suppositions.

          At most, this is 2nd degree manslaughter, not first degree as that would imply that Mr. Ersland premeditated the shooting. Well, the punk premeditated the robbery. He was well aware of the deadly consequences of his actions.

          The fault lies with the punk, not the pharmacist.

          Cheers

    • Leatherneck Says:

      Never leave any puke alive as you move forward. They might shoot at you.

      Over.

      • Mike(also a leatherneck) Says:

        Mr. ersland also had two female coworkers behind him when he fired the first shot, There were two older men and the younger one that ran out of the store that were part of the robbery, it was a gang initiation for the two younger boys… The older men gave the revolver to the boy( the revolver didnt even work) told them what to do, then parked a car down the street. Mr. ersland, came back inside after chasing the other boy, checked on the ladies, and with the gun still in the boys hand, Mr. Ersland took the actions he did. Mr. Ersland was a Desert storm vet with Military training, two female workers, and disabled at the time. If I was put in the situation, And my traing as a serviceman came into play, muscle memory would say two in the chest and one in the head… without thinking about it.

  6. Gsharon710 Says:

    First off, this is a child and has a name just as the Pharmacist does. We are known for giving opinions about public events, non of us knowing all details. This is a horrible time for all the innocent in all these families. Call him a robber, but not Punk. If he is a punk, I would have no way of knowing that, however for the adults who put these children up to this, I can think of some choice names, and the first being first degree murderers.


    • “Call him a robber, but not Punk.”

      http://www.audioenglish.net/dictionary/punk.htm

      punk (noun):

      1. an aggressive and violent young criminal

      ——–

      Was he aggressive and violent?

      Yes.

      Was he young?

      Yes.

      Was he a criminal?

      Yes.

      Having successfully met all three criteria as presented in the aforementioned definition, I stand firmly behind my assessment: He was a punk.

      Cheers

      P.S. – A conviction on First-degree murder charges requires that the prosecutor prove premeditation. The video clearly shows that Mr. Ersland did not plan out his actions in advance and was only reacting to the situation. Therefore, Mr. Ersland is most certainly NOT guilty of first-degree murder.

      • Gsharon710 Says:

        As a decent human being, I am going to end this back and forth chat. I want to remain a decent human being because if I am ever chosen to be on a jury, I will know in my heart I have no preconcieved feelings that would hurt the decision of the jury, but even more, hurt my soul. That is why so many juries have made obvious mistakes in their decisions because come hell or high water, some people will stick with what they BELIEVE even if the evidence slaps them in the face. Have a good day, and it is my prayer that the likes of you will never sit on a jury.

        • Ronin Says:

          Stop feeling sorry for criminals and worry more about people that just want to work, earn a few bucks and live life without the fear of some worthless drudge looking for an easy victim. Having watched a few of the human trash die like dogs in the street, I have a healthy respect of those that put them there. I would not wish a violent crime on you or yours but often it takes that for someone to understand the police will not be around when you need them. They may never arrest the guilty and they may not even come when called. Their job is to solve crime not protect anyone.

          • Gsharon710 Says:

            Look Ronin, I am going to remain true to myself. A horrible, horrible crime was committed against an innocent hard working man, and that should never happen. Still, if I was chosen to sit on that jury, the way I feel about the robbers would not change, but I can promise I will carry no one’s thoughts about the situation into that court. I am going to have faith and pray that the correct legal punishments are given, as no one has a right to rob anyone. So sorry to disappoint you dear one, but do you remember the OKC bombing? Do you remember the post office killings, or the school boiler blowing up killing several in Spencer? Then forget about me not having love ones that have had their lives taken because of criminals or neglect. In whatever we do, remain true to the situation, true to yourself, but most of all true to God.

  7. Ronin Says:

    Gasharon:

    You have not disappointed me. I am impressed by your honestly and faith. I also agree a juror should not bring preconceived ideals into a courtroom. You may have a better view of our legal system than I do but I have to admit bias. I dislike judges, lawyers and most police. We will save the war sorry but we do not get along (it couldn’t be anything I have done ). Anyway, you have a right to express your opinion and to share it. In the end remaining true to yourself is always a good idea,

    Cheers.

  8. CoD si teY tey Says:

    The Da knows there is not a jury on earth who will convict The Pharmacist. He is doing his job because one station reports the evidence shows the head wound did not kill the robber, the ones to the stomach did, and other evidence they noticed from the tape. Regardless, he will walk.

  9. VanHammersly Says:

    I REALLY doubt he’ll walk. In Oklahoma juries are allowed to convict on a lesser charge, but not a higher one. 1st-degree is the heaviest charge he can be convicted of. If he had been charged with 2nd-degree, 1st degree wouldn’t have been an option for the jury. That’s why he was charged with 1st. That, and, they are bringing a charge of 1st degree against the other perps. And, it might gain sympathy with a jury if the other robber – who never fired a single shot at anyone – was charged with 1st, but the guy who actually pumped 5 bullets into an unarmed, and most likely unconscious, person was facing a lesser charge.

    I doubt he’ll get a conviction on 1st degree. But, I don’t think he’s going to walk. He’s going to be looking at 2nd-degree, I think. Or, at the very least, I believe, manslaughter. I just can’t see a not-guilty verdict. It should be clear to any reasonable person that he executed someone when there was just no reasonable threat present.

    • Mike(also a leatherneck) Says:

      Again, Gun still in his hand, and he was unconcious, meaning he could have been breathing so he could have seen him as a threat.


      • And he could have still been moving, too!

        The angle from the security video footage doesn’t show us what the punk was doing while he was lying on the floor.

        Therefore, claims that the punk wasn’t a threat and was unconscious are mere speculation. The only ones who know for sure are Mr. Ersland and God.

        Had it been me, I would have unloaded the entire clip into the little punk and then claimed I don’t remember a damn thing! Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and all that jazz, doncha’ know?

        🙂

        Cheers

  10. Leatherneck Says:

    Let’s see. In Oklahoma, a worker was being robbed by a Marxist, and there was two shots to the head, and two to the abd.

    Hummmm. Not Guilty.

  11. Jerome Says:

    GSharon,

    Pharmacist was found guilty of premeditated murder. I am deeply gratified that the black vermin punk is dead, and I wish his buddy the gutless gun-wielder was dead, but that’s just a matter of time.

    If the Pharmacist had unloaded the entire magazine right away, he’s innocent. Because the faggot DA was able to argue that he shot the verminous punk while he was laying on the ground, he’s guilty.

    When the DA’s wife gets raped, I hope the jury remembers which team he sides with.

  12. max yasgur Says:

    If these two bootlip hoodrats had stayed on their stoops & rapped this would not have happened,THEY are to blame, not the man defending himself,his customers & his property.They threatened his life with a weapon & got exactly what they deserved.Live by the gun & you die by the gun…FAIR DINKUM you punk bastards!

  13. tgusa Says:

    What about the bystanders, will this effect them mentally? Will they go on in life living in fear as a result of this incident, some might. it seems that having any dealings with these inner city criminal culture types is a lose lose situation. More and more each day it becomes necessary to avoid all contact with these, really, inhuman and uncivilized people. Many of these people have burned their human race card. Is that my or any other persons problem or responsibility? No. These criminals put every person within range in jeopardy, three got away and you can bet that with the angry hateful culture they have come out of that those three might come back and silence the witness/witnesses. The whole thing is a bad situation but it wasn’t created that day, it took many years of this type of stuff to get where we are today. We can hope that if the shtf the guards at the prisons don’t take off home to protect their own families. That is my greatest worry, tens of thousands of homicidal maniacs getting loose and causing tremendous misery for all of us. You or I might even be mistaken for one, who knows, its happened before. This guy is a scapegoat for the law that is failing most Americans and the culture that creates these 16 year old armed robbers. A 16 year old with 30 something partners in crime. It really could be a chip of the old block scenario. A father son duo for all I know. Who is primarily responsible? That is who is to blame, imo. The courts do little to mend the distrust in the law that the courts have created when they do stuff like this. They actually make things worse. And btw, I am not a inner city inhuman animal but the courts will probably make an example of me if I ever give them the chance. Not fair, not fair at all, and completely un-American. As I said, perhaps this is a game where it is just better that you don’t play at all.

  14. T Says:

    I was in the Military for 21yrs, fought in two wars and countless missions! Killing someone is not glorious and should not be taken lightly, everyone that has commented ( and I read alot) probably has not ever pulled a trigger in THERE LIFE!!!!! Too shoot someone once to defend yourself is commendable!!! Too shoot someone six times is MURDER. So the next time you pull a trigger and someone is on the recieving end please call and let me know if you shot him out of anger or did you defend yourself!!!11 the Unknown Soldier!!!

    • Gonzo Says:

      Since you duplicated your questionable assertion, I will duplicate my response.

      The notion that a person, shot once, falls to the ground and is no longer a threat, is a misnomer perpetrated by years of inaccurate movie and TV representation. If you were a combat vet, surely you would know that a person can be hit by a single bullet and still remain capable of engaging in a fire fight.

      Look at the video below. In it is a real life, “caught on camera” shooting of a lawyer by a disgruntled client. While you may think that the lawyer was never shot, he actually was, several times. Real life is NOT that a person takes one shot and goes down, necessarily. Hence, I doubt your credentials, and I find your argument lacking legitimate perspective.

    • Ronin Says:

      T,

      If you are telling me that you would have left a wounded enemy lying near his weapon and not shot again you were never a grunt, or in ground combat.

      Thanks for your service, I am sure you flew your desk bravely.

  15. Kevin Bacon Says:

    It’s both sad and pathetic that so many conservatives here think that if you shoot someone in the back, run out and chase after their partner, return to the store to find the other boy lying on the floor not moving and then get ANOTHER gun and fire a few more shots into his head…that it’s somehow not murder.

    • Gonzo Says:

      And you would know each of these assertions as being fact how?

      And you know what it is like to be confronted by several hostile thugs waving a gun in your face and threatening your life, several times, how?

      And you know what it is like to live in a constant state of fear that it will just keep happening to you, and the next time may end up in YOUR death, how?

      And you know what should go on in the mind of someone in a state of panic, how?

      Do you know that law enforcement officers get training, and lots of it, in what to do in very tense situations involving deadly weapons? Do you know why? Because in such situations, everyone acts differently, and without the training, situations would each unfold in a huge variety of ways.

      I find it both sad and pathetic that so many bleeding hearts continue to victim blame instead of casting the lion’s share of the blame on the person(s) who deserve it – which are those who perpetrate crimes against others in the first place.


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