A gunman tried to rob a west-side pharmacy early Tuesday for the pain killer OxyContin, but police credit the actions of an employee for thwarting the robbery.
The incident happened 6 a.m. Tuesday at the CVS pharmacy, 3614 Camp Bowie Blvd., said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman.
A man entered the store, approached the pharmacy counter and handed a piece of paper to an employee. On the paper was the word OxyContin.
The employee told the man that the paper was not prescription, Henderson said. The man pulled a pistol from his waist band and demanded that she fetch the drug. She struggled with opening a safe where the powerful drug was stored, Henderson said.
"Here's the smart part on behalf of the worker," Henderson said. "She raised her voice for others to hear and yelled, 'I'm trying but it won't open!' This tactic worked."
Several others heard the commotion and came to see what was happening, and the gunman fled, Henderson said.
The man was described as a black male, 35 years of age, about 5-feet-7-inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. His image was captured on a surveillance video, Henderson said, but robbery detectives had not yet processed it by Wednesday.
No arrests were reported.