Man ‘armed with a toy gun’ storms a pharmacy and whispers four chilling words – before being arrested after four-hour siege that ended in gunfire
- A 29-year-old man is said to have stormed the pharmacy with a toy gun in Perth on Thursday
- He reportedly demanded powerful painkillers and uttered four chilling words
- Customers were evacuated and police surrounded the pharmacy to negotiate
- They loaded bullets from bean bags and non-lethal grenades before arresting him
A man was locked up in a four-hour standoff with police after allegedly entering a pharmacy with a toy gun and telling workers ‘it is today’.
The 29-year-old reportedly claimed he had a real gun in his backpack when he walked in Pharmacy 777 in Applecross, Perth, Thursdays at 4:30 pm.
He allegedly threatened the staff and demanded that they hand over high-dose painkillers. Witnesses claimed he also said he had a bomb.
Customers were evacuated from the store and police arrived after calls about armed robbery and a man who threatened staff.
The 29-year-old reportedly claimed he had a gun when he walked into Pharmacy 777 in Applecross, Perth, Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Agents surrounded the pharmacy, evacuated nearby businesses, and closed off surrounding roads while trying to negotiate with the man
Agents surrounded the pharmacy, evacuated nearby businesses, and closed off surrounding roads while trying to negotiate with the man.
They then fired bean bag ammunition and non-lethal grenades before arresting the man at 8:30 PM.
The man, who was known to the police, was taken to Royal Perth Hospital as a precaution.
A terrified customer said staff had told them to leave the store because of an “incident.”
“I was looking around the pharmacy and one of the pharmacists came up to me and said, ‘Excuse me ma’am, you have to go,’ ‘she said. Western Australian
She told me ‘we have an incident’ and all the customers left the building. ‘
The staff described the incident as surreal and remembered the moment when armed police surrounded the pharmacy.
“The police arrived pretty quickly, it started with just two policemen, then suddenly there were six or seven, then detectives came and then what looked like the Tactical Response Group arrived with guns.”
Armed police loaded ammunition from beanbags and non-lethal grenades before the man was arrested at 8:30 p.m.