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After Seeing Gunman’s Zip Ties, Pharmacist Fights for His Life


36-year-old Mark Fisher. Photo:
St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office

A man Police described as thinly built with short hair, attempted to rob Thrift Village Drug Store in Luling, LA.

36-year-old Mark Fisher entered the pharmacy wearing a mask and gloves at around 6 p.m. on Monday. He forced the pharmacist and a clerk at gun point behind the counter, pulling out zip ties to restrain his pair of victims.

Perhaps seeing his options about to become severely limited, the pharmacist made his play. He grabbed the masked gunman and began to fight with his attacker.

After a few moments, the pharmacist was able to draw his own gun. Seeing the weapon, Fisher acted like he was running away, but then turned back suddenly and charged the armed doctor.

The unidentified citizen fired only a single shot at the would-be robber. Hitting Fisher in his right leg, and severing the femoral artery. The masked man then fled the area, this time, for good.

Police located his body where he’d collapsed after succumbing to his injury behind the store some 100 yards away.

 “All indications in this investigation, including the recovered store surveillance video, shows that the pharmacist and the store clerk’s lives were in imminent danger,” St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said in a statement released yesterday afternoon (Jan. 22). “This incident is currently deemed a justified shooting.”

Possibly, the pharmacist knew he’d be at the mercy of the masked man when he saw the zip ties. At the mercy of someone who had already shown a clear disregard for his safety.

The pharmacist also did not immediately draw his pistol when he saw a gun pointed at him. He waited until he either saw an opportunity, or he felt he had to fight or die.

Fisher was killed with a lucky shot to his femoral artery. Fortunately, this was enough to end the fight. Do you understand the physiology of gunshot wounds? Read here for an article on just that.

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