Armed robber took on a pharmacist with a gun and lost; guy in the getaway car gets biggest surprise

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A New Jersey man was fatally shot Friday during his armed robbery attempt at a Levittown, Pennsylvania pharmacy.

A van pulled up to the newly-opened Pennsbury Pharmacy with two men in it. Passenger Willie A. Bozarth, 33, exited the vehicle wearing a Halloween mask and holding a shotgun partially covered by an umbrella, according to Philadelphia CBS affiliate Channel 3 News.

Falls Township Police Lieutenant Henry Ward described what happened at that point.

“The owner is in the pharmacy, sees the man coming in with the shotgun and the mask, figures out what’s going on. The uh, employee is armed with a handgun inside the store.”

The pharmacist warned Bozarth that he was armed with a 9-mm handgun and that he wouldn’t hesitate to use it. Bozarth didn’t take him at his word.

“Once the perpetrator points the shotgun at the owner, the owner then begins to fire, striking the actor numerous times. He’s deceased inside the store,” Ward continued.

Meanwhile, Bozarth’s accomplice was clueless to what had just occurred.

“The get-away driver is inside the van and must not have heard the shooting, and doesn’t realize that it just happened, the owner was then able to hit his armed holdup alarm and call 911 to say what happened.”

And the getaway driver was still there when the police arrived.

“Our officers were on scene in under two minutes. They were able to surround the van out front. They took him into custody without incident.”

And the getaway driver is now being charged with Bozarth’s death under Pennsylvania’s felony murder statute.

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