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Clerk, robbery suspect both show guns at Manchester pharmacy

The police said a Manchester pharmacy clerk got into a tense exchange with a female robbery suspect, with both drawing guns and the woman pointing hers at an elderly customer before another patron saw it was a pellet gun and tackled her.

The police identified the woman as 30-year-old Nicole Chase of Manchester.

They said the incident happened Wednesday morning, when a woman handed the clerk at Ken’s Pharmacy in Manchester a note demanding Percocet. She said she had a gun. The clerk, who didn’t see a gun, challenged her, saying he had one and would call the police.

The clerk proceeded to retrieve a gun from behind the counter, but quickly returned it when the woman produced a gun and pointed it at the customer. She told the clerk she would shoot the customer if her demands weren’t met.

The clerk, who did not want to further escalate the situation, handed over the pills to the woman. At the same time, the police said, another customer standing near the suspect recognized the weapon was a pellet gun. He tackled her as she tried to flee.

The police said the clerk aided the customer in detaining the woman until the police arrived. The police said the two pinned her to the floor inside the store.

The police recovered the pills and a pellet gun from the scene. Chase was charged with robbery.

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