OKLAHOMA CITY – an employee of a Tulsa Walgreens with a concealed-carry license fatally shot an armed man after an argument that began at the photo counter, police said Thursday.
The man who died after the shooting Wednesday evening was identified as William Hurley, Tulsa police spokeswoman Jeanne Pierce said. Another Walgreens employee and a customer were also struck by gunfire and hospitalized. Pierce said both are expected to survive.
Pierce said the twist began when the clerk tried to verify that Hurley was the rightful owner of the photos, which are already in Walgreens ‘ possession for more than a year. Video from the store showed Hurley pull out a gun, jumped over the counter and take the photo’s of the clerk of the court while the employees tried to call the police, Pierce said.
Hurley, 52, was found that you with the photos, but then, apparently, and went back in the direction of the registrar.
“(Hurley) then came back on the counter, and a clerk who was 28 years old, who had a concealed-carry license and was armed, drew his weapon and shot the deceased,” Pierce said.
That employee was not injured and police said that he has not yet been arrested.
Oklahoma is one of the more than 30 states with a “stand your ground” law that allows the use of deadly force in their place of residence or place of business against everyone who enters these places are “unlawfully or with force.” Oklahoma’s law was extended earlier this year are the places of worship.
Pierce said the Tulsa County district attorney will decide whether to charge the clerk’s office, but said that the reason why he was not arrested was because “he was legally armed, and that the evidence we had at the scene supports a self-defense type of the situation.”
Walgreens said in a statement it is cooperating with the investigation into the shooting , but a spokesman said the company has no phone and no e-mail messages seeking comment about its policy on armed employees.
In 2011, Walgreens fired a pharmacist at a store in Benton Harbor, Michigan, after he fired his gun at thieves at a store, saying, at the moment his gun use violated company policy.
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