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Former mayor won't face charges for shooting man in pharmacy

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 9, 2018 4:41 PM
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(Lancaster) -- A former midstate mayor won't face charges for firing at an armed man who tried to rob his pharmacy last month.

The Lancaster County district attorney's office said in a statement Friday that authorities "anticipate no charges against the store employee who fired upon the robber," who was wounded.

LNP reports court documents have identified the employee as former mayor Charlie Smithgall.

Documents filed by Lancaster city police say 72-year-old Smithgall fired four times at Brandon Galette after he and an unidentified man entered Smithgall's Pharmacy and repeatedly asked for Oxycodone while brandishing a gun.

Police say 24-year-old Galette wrestled with Smithgall over his gun, while several employees and a customer were in the store.

Galette faces a number of charges, including robbery and aggravated assault. No attorney information is available.
Smithgall, a gun collector, was elected in 1997 and re-elected 2001.

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