Thug Trying to Rob Pharmacy Shot and Killed by the Pharmacist


A pharmacist in Pinch who was forced to make an incredibly difficult decision when an armed robbery turned deadly is speaking out and sharing how his faith is helping him through the ordeal.

Radcliff spoke with an Eyewitness News Reporter and said he is taking no joy in what happened Wednesday.

Radcliff said he does not consider himself a hero, even though his actions may have saved the lives of his co-workers and customers when he shot an armed man at Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch.

Eight people were inside the pharmacy in Pinch when the suspect came through the door about 9:45 a.m.

Kanawha deputies said the man, identified by Kanawha deputies as Terry Gillenwater, 25, of Quick, was wearing a mask over his face.

He stood in line for a few moments before producing a handgun and pointing it directly at the counter workers.

The video shows Terry Gillenwater, 25, of Quick, entering the pharmacy with a bandana over his face and pulling out a gun. Pharmacist Don Radcliff immediately pulled his own gun and shot Gillenwater.


Gillenwater pointed the gun again and a second shot from Radcliff hit Gillenwater’s weapon. Moments later Radcliff fired a third shot. Gillenwater died later at a Charleston hospital.

Radcliff had a legal conceal carry permit. Kanawha County deputies said he would not be charged with a crime.

During a news conference Friday, Kanawha County Prosecutor Chuck Miller said everybody has a right to defend themselves against a deadly force.

That’s why no charges will be filed in the case.

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