The Facts (or close to them): Two young black males enter a pharmacy (which has been robbed before) with masks and a gun. They point a gun at the two women at the front counter and demand all of the money and drugs.
Side Joke: At which point one of the women says, "Do you have a prescription sir?" - j/k I couldn't resist
At which point the two women, who are mother and daughter run to the back of the pharmacy into a safe room of sorts. The pharmacist then runs out with a gun of his own and the two start shooting at each other. The pharmacist is hit in the hand or arm, the unarmed robber is shot in the head, and the armed robber runs out of the store. The pharmacist, who is an old man with spinal cord problems tries unsuccessfully to chase the second robber down. The pharmacist notices a third man outside the pharmacy sitting in a car with what looks to be a shotgun. The pharmacist points the gun at him and he speeds away, but is later apprehended by the police after running into a light pole.
The pharmacist then goes back inside and looks at the first robber who has a head wound, but is still alive and trying to talk and get up. The pharmacist goes to the back to look for the two women, gets a second gun, walks back over to the first robber, and empties his clip into him at which point he dies. The pharmacist then calls the police.
The pharmacist is being brought up on first degree murder charges.
My Take: This is a tough one. It's really hard for me to condemn a man protecting himself, two other people, and his store from being robbed. But on the other hand, it does not appear the robber laying on the ground with a head wound was a threat and the pharmacist still made the decision to shoot and kill him. Not sure that it still falls in the realm of self-defense, it sounds more like an emotional reaction of rage. The guy's attorney is arguing that the entire incident (which was filmed on the store's security cameras) all happened within a span of 45 seconds. And that the pharmacist didn't know if the first robber had a gun on him, if he was going to get up and come after them again, or if he had more friends who were going to come back, but that basically his actions were still in self-defense, which I think is a good argument. Bottom line for me, if you choose to commit a crime then you risk losing your life and these criminals picked the wrong store to rob that day.
Should the guy have gotten a second gun and killed the robber laying on the ground? Probably not. Would I have done the same thing in his shoes? Possibly.