Skip to comments.Man has no regrets defending Oklahoma City pharmacy (armed robber shot and killed)
Posted on 05/22/2009 1:48:45 PM PDT by Drew68
Jerome Ersland was back at work Thursday filling prescriptions and hoping that by taking the life of a 16-year-old boy two days earlier, he had saved others.
Rubbing an oversized bandage on his left forearm, where he said he was grazed by a robbers bullet, Ersland related details of what he said was a highly organized hit on the Reliable Discount Pharmacy.
"I just regret anybody would get killed, Ersland said. "But if I wouldnt have been here, there would have been three people killed the other pharmacist and the two techs.
He also recalls the angry voices of people who gathered outside the pharmacy Tuesday night, shouting that he was a racist who unnecessarily took a life of the Seeworth Academy charter school student, Antwun Parker.
"There were a lot of black people gathered out there yelling and everything at my boss, Ersland said.
An organized hit
After the pharmacy near SW 59 and Pennsylvania was robbed two years ago, the owner installed new security measures to try to make sure his employees would never again be forced to a back room and pistol-whipped. "We have a very good security system, Ersland said, motioning to the magnetic door locks that wont let anyone in or out of the store without permission. "The door locks, and they (robbers) knew that. They had cased it because they knew exactly what time to hit us when wed have all of our narcotics out and our money out.
About 10 minutes before 6 p.m., Ersland said, two robbers wearing ski masks waited for someone to leave the pharmacy and then grabbed the open door and threw down a board to stop the door from closing.
The robbers went in cursing and yelling, ordering employees to give them money and drugs, Ersland said.
Two women who were working behind the counter ran for a back room where they would be safe, but Ersland said he couldnt run. Ersland said hes a veteran with disabilities from wounds he received in Operation Desert Storm, wears a cumbersome back brace and just had his latest back surgery six weeks ago.
"All of a sudden, they started shooting, he said. "They were attempting to kill me, but they didnt know I had a gun. They said, Youre gonna die. Thats when one of them shot at me, and thats when he got my hand.
Ersland said he was thrown against a wall, but managed to go for the semiautomatic in his pocket.
"And thats when I started defending myself, he said. "The first shot got him in the head, and that slowed him down so I could get my other gun.
But as one robber hit the floor, Ersland said, a bullet from the other robber whizzed past his ear.
The pharmacist said he then got his second gun from a nearby drawer, a Taurus "Judge.
After he had the big gun, Ersland said, the second robber ran.
But as he started to chase after the second robber, Ersland said, he looked back to see the 16-year-old he had shot in the head getting up again. Ersland said he then emptied the Kel-Tec .380 into the boys chest as he kept going after the second robber.
"I went after the other guy, but he was real fast and Im crippled, Ersland said.
Outside the pharmacy, he said he saw what he thought was a third black male in a car with the engine running and reaching for what appeared to be a shotgun.
"I pulled out my Judge and pointed it right between his eyes and he floored it, Ersland said.
Because of the sensitive nature of the investigation, police said they could not confirm any of Erslands story, including whether Ersland was shot, whether the robbers ever fired on him or even if Parker was armed. On Thursday, police were still looking for the second robber, described as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and weighing about 175 pounds. The man was last seen wearing a red shirt and dark pants.
A man was arrested about a block away after crashing a stolen car that fit the description Ersland gave, but police said the man has not been linked to the robbery.
After the gunfire
When he went back in the pharmacy, Ersland said, he called police.
"I asked if the girls were all right, and they were in the back crying, he said. "I was glad to know they were alive. We were lucky and Im glad I defended us, because I feel that a person has a right to defend themselves at their home or at their work. People deserve to be safe and not be afraid of people that want to take money when they dont work for it.
Thats what the Second Amendment and the states "concealed carry license are for, he said.
"Fortunately, God made them miss me, except for this minor scratch, Ersland said.
"I was able to return fire and protect the girls lives. God was helping me.
Pharmacist Jerome Ersland:
No photo of dead robber, Antwun Parker, who, I'm certain, was an honor student at Seeworth Academy.
“taking the life of a 16-year-old boy”
Gee, no bias there. He was just a “16-year-old boy.” Thi guy has no soul if he doesn’t feel The Shame!!! /SARC/SPIT
Bottom line is don’t go around robbing people and you won’t have these problems such as getting killed.
sounds to me like the pharmacy needs to move to a nice neigborhood and let the dirtbags wonder why there are no drugstores in the neigborhood.
then the messiah can put a welfare drugstore there.
It is really disturbing to me that the “Black Community” is upset that a criminal robber is killed. I would think they would be happy to be rid of him.
I suspect some are but they are in the minority.
looking for the second robber, described as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and weighing about 175 pounds
Racist racist. White man shoots low life black.
“He also recalls the angry voices of people who gathered outside the pharmacy Tuesday night, shouting that he was a racist who unnecessarily took a life of the Seeworth Academy charter school student, Antwun Parker.”
Racist scumbags who only see the color of the skin of the (thankfully now dead) perp and (the thankfully still alive) Mr. Ersland. They deserve the crime that assuredly riddles their pathetic racist lives...
"Ersland said he then emptied the Kel-Tec .380 into the boys chest as he kept going after the second robber."
HELL YEAH. Stop him, permanently!
And to any trolls out there, I’d be saying EXACTLY the same thing if the races of all involved were reversed!
“The man was last seen wearing a red shirt and dark pants.”
should have been described as “dark smelly pants”
That one was good but I kinda got a warm and fuzzy from this passage:
"he looked back to see the 16-year-old he had shot in the head getting up again. Ersland said he then emptied the Kel-Tec .380 into the boys chest as he kept going after the second robber."
I'd like to think that young Antwun had a few moments to ponder the poor life decisions he had made before his chest was pumped full of lead.
* That a black criminal-on-white-victim crime occurred
* That the criminal was shot and killed
* That the local black community ignorantly screams "RACISM!" against someone who served his country just so that they would have the freedom to be so completely in denial.
"Judged not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character", eh? The Black Community has fallen so far since those immortal words. And I blame liberals for this.
“My baby ain’t never hurt nobody.”
I own 3 Kel Techs, P-11, P-32, PF-9 all made down the road in Cocoa.
It is a shame when a drug store has to buzz everyone in and out to prevent robberies.
Un-flippin'-real. The guy was shooting at him. Good job Mr. Ersland. Maybe it'll make others think twice next time they see your store as a target. Next time, get them ALL.
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