In addition to not facing any charges, one Pennsylvania pharmacy owner who shot and killed an alleged robber is being commended by the district attorney for his act of "public service."
During a news conference Friday afternoon, Falls Township Police Lt. Henry Ward said Pennsbury Pharmacy owner Kenneth Lee of Levittown, Bucks County, "had no choice to do what he did. He was protecting himself and his business," according to WPVI-TV.
District Attorney David Heckler agreed with Ward's assessment.
"There is no thought that we would prosecute the shooter in this case," he said. "He was entirely justified in his conduct, and frankly should be commended."
"From what I can see," he continued, "he performed a public service in taking out this fella. The fella asked for what he got, and he got it."
The shooting happened Friday morning and police are still seeking to identify the man who was killed.
Based on camera footage, police determined the alleged armed robber was wearing a Halloween mask and arrived at the pharmacy in a minivan with one other individual, who he left in the car. The robber reportedly attempted to hide his gun with an umbrella, but Lee was ready.
"He has a good camera system, so he actually saw the subject come into the store with the shotgun," Ward said. "He was prepared for the armed intruder."
Ward said the pharmacy owner offered several warnings to the intruder, but he persisted, instead crossing the room and jumping the counter. Police said it appeared the robber intended to clear out the entire store, as there were zip ties — likely to restrain Lee — found near the dead body.
Investigators claim the owner fired nearly one dozen shots, hitting the man multiple times.
The other suspect, later identified as Kim Goldsboro, remained in the minivan and was unaware of the shooting. When police arrived at the scene, he was still in the vehicle. He is now in police custody.
He told authorities his memory is fuzzy about what went on that day, adding that he doesn't even know the dead man's name.
In addition to facing charges for the robbery, Goldsboro is expected to be charged for homicide because he allegedly had a role in the crime that lead to his co-conspirator's death. He has been remanded to the Bucks County Correctional Facility without bail.
Lee, however, was questioned and released. And his neighbors have applauded his courage.
"I'm glad he had the weapon to defend himself," customer Chad Gullick said. "I support guns and everything like that for reasons like this."
There were no other customers or employees in the store when the shooting took place.
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