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Police: Gunman Gets Pills, Surrenders in Restroom of Largo Walgreens

Christopher Michael Degrande, 27, also had with him "what looked like a soda bottle full of gasoline" and was charged with planting a hoax bomb.

An armed gunman took pills from a Walgreens pharmacy and had to be talked out of the store's restroom by Largo Police, authorities said Tuesday.

The suspect, identified as Christopher Michael Degrande, 27, was armed with a gun and obtained a bottle of pills from the pharmacy at 2295 E. Bay Dr., according to police. He also had with him "what looked like a soda bottle full of gasoline" and proceeded to the restroom, where he remained as officers arrived on scene, according to Lt. Edward Sohoski.

Officers established a dialogue with Degrande, who remained in the restroom for about 35 minutes before surrendering without further incident, Sohoski said in a media release.

Degrande is charged with planting a hoax bomb and trafficking in a controlled substance.

Jeffrey Rosenfield November 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Wow, what a disturbing story. Nice work by the police to defuse what could have been a real scary situation.
Jean Heller November 21, 2012 at 12:50 AM
One Scumbag off the street and too many more to go

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