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Walgreens employee fatally shoots man after photos dispute

Walgreens employee fatally shoots man after photos dispute

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An worker at a Tulsa Walgreens with a concealed-carry license fatally shot an armed man after an argument that started on the picture counter, police mentioned Thursday.

The person who died after the capturing Wednesday night was recognized as William Hurley, Tulsa police spokeswoman Jeanne Pierce mentioned. One other Walgreens worker and a buyer additionally have been struck by gunfire and hospitalized. Pierce mentioned each are anticipated to outlive.

Pierce mentioned the altercation started when the shop clerk tried to confirm that Hurley was the rightful proprietor of the pictures, which had been in Walgreens’ possession for greater than a 12 months. Video from inside the shop confirmed Hurley pull out a handgun, bounce over-the-counter and seize the images from the clerk whereas staff have been making an attempt to name police, Pierce mentioned.

Hurley, 52, gave the impression to be leaving with the pictures, however then apparently returned and went again towards the clerk.

“(Hurley) then got here again over-the-counter, and a clerk who was 28 years outdated, who had a concealed-carry license and was armed, pulled his personal weapon and shot the deceased,” Pierce mentioned.

That worker wasn’t injured, and police mentioned he hasn’t been arrested.

Oklahoma is one in every of greater than 30 states with a “stand your floor” legislation that enables folks to make use of lethal pressure inside their dwelling or place of job in opposition to anybody who enters these areas “unlawfully or forcefully.” Oklahoma’s legislation was expanded earlier this 12 months to incorporate locations of worship.

Pierce mentioned the Tulsa County district lawyer will determine whether or not to cost the clerk, however mentioned the rationale he wasn’t arrested was as a result of “he was legally armed and that the proof that we had on the scene helps a self-defense sort of scenario.”

Walgreens mentioned in a press release it is cooperating with the investigation into the capturing , however a spokesman for the corporate didn’t return phone and electronic mail messages in search of remark about its coverage on armed staff.

In 2011, Walgreens fired a pharmacist at a retailer in Benton Harbor, Michigan, after he fired his gun at thieves in a retailer, saying on the time his gun use violated firm coverage.


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