VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia Beach pharmacist who was killed in a robbery attempt at his store last month pulled a gun to defend himself, according to court documents.
A pharmacy technician inside Beach Pharmacy during the April 14 incident told police the suspect was armed with a handgun and demanded oxycodone. Pharmacist David Kilgore refused to give the suspect the drug and pulled out a gun, the documents said. The suspect, who police have identified as Walter Hubbard, shot Kilgore and fled the scene.
Pharmacist David Halla of Gray’s Pharmacy, talked to 10 On Your Side about the incident Thursday. He said he has kept a gun behind the counter for 40 years.
“This is a candy factory back here. We have drugs for uppers and downers, across the borders. You have about five or 10 seconds to make that judgment, and you hope that that judgment is correct,” he said. “I’m not an advocate of taking someone’s life, but if someone else’s life is in danger, or my life is danger, I will take that person’s life.”
Police said Hubbard left Beach Pharmacy after the shooting and robbed another nearby pharmacy at gunpoint, before leading officers on a chase that lasted nearly eight miles.
10 On Your Side asked police if David Kilgore fired any shots from his gun before he was killed, but a spokeswoman said police would not be able to release that information because of the criminal investigation.