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    Deadly shooting deemed justified

    By Neil Harvey
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    * Pharmacy owner accidentally shot self (July 3, 2008)


    A Roanoke pharmacist was justified in using deadly force against a man who was trying to rob him, Roanoke's top prosecutor said Tuesday.

    On July 1, police responded to Sanco Drug in the 1200 block of Riverland Road Southeast and found two men with gunshot wounds. One was Sanco's owner and chief pharmacist, Bob Kennedy, who was taken to the hospital and released later that night. The other man, Corey Ramsey, 22, who had been living in Bath County, died at the scene.

    Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney Donald Caldwell said in a news release he would not pursue criminal charges against Kennedy.

    Autopsy results showed that Ramsey had levels of the painkiller hydrocodone in his bloodstream two to three times higher than normal therapeutic levels.

    "This level would indicate an addiction to hydrocodone which in all likelihood would drive Mr. Ramsey to make desperate judgements," Caldwell concluded.

    Ramsey's father, Sam Hiner, said in July his son had suffered a long addiction to pain pills. He said Ramsey had gotten help for his problem earlier this year. Hiner could not be reached Tuesday.

    Kennedy said Tuesday he did not wish to talk about the incident or the ruling.

    Caldwell's release says that a man, later identified as Ramsey, entered the store wearing latex gloves, a hooded sweatshirt and a bandanna covering the lower half of his face. Ramsey reportedly dove across the payment counter and took three 500-count containers of hydrocodone.

    Kennedy, the report continues, meanwhile had grabbed a Glock semi-automatic pistol he kept at the counter. Caldwell said the gun was legally owned.

    The report said Ramsey then charged Kennedy. They fell to the ground and struggled, and Kennedy fired five shots. He wounded himself and killed Ramsey.

    Police discovered a closed pocketknife near Ramsey's hand which they believe he brought into the store. Kennedy said he was not aware of the presence of the knife during his struggle with Ramsey.


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    Good for pharmacist/owner. I am glad to see he refuses to talk about it to reporters.
    Although no criminal charges will be filed, I won't be surprised to see a wrongful death suit in the future. After all, we know it wasn't Ramsey's fault. It was those nasty drugs he was addicted to. He was just a poor innocent bystander that was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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    I guess you can consider lead injections as a cure to drug addictions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeephipwr View Post
    I guess you can consider lead injections as a cure to drug addictions.
    Guaranteed to work 100% of the time. Also known to work with rapists, car-jackers, bank robbers, home invaders, and various other BG ailments.

    Stay armed...always use 'dependable' lead injections...stay safe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Guaranteed to work 100% of the time. Also known to work with rapists, car-jackers, bank robbers, home invaders, and various other BG ailments.

    Stay armed...always use 'dependable' lead injections...stay safe!
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