(Phoenix, Arizona) – A deadly shooting in a Walgreens Pharmacy could have been a whole lot worse had it not been for the actions of an armed citizen.
Investigators with the Phoenix PD are reporting that 30-yr-old Stephen Holguin ran into the Walgreens in metro Phoenix and aimed a weapon at employees as he demanded opioids. Fearing for his safety and that of the dozens of people in the store, an armed citizen drew and fired his pistol, striking Holguin.
PD spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard said, “At this point, it seems to be a case of a good Samaritan in the right place at the right time.”
The suspect retreated to a corner of the store, severely wounded, as a SWAT closed in. A police K9 unit was used to separate Holguin from his weapon. Once it was secured, CPR was attempted on the suspect, who eventually died on the scene.
Authorities confirmed that they found over a dozen terrified employees and customers hiding in the store. Charges are not expected against the armed citizen, as Arizona is a Stand-Your-Ground law state.