Johnson City Pharmacy Robbery Ends in Suicide

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – The Johnson City Police Department responded to the call from Val-U Pharmacy on West Market Street at 10:42 Tuesday morning.

“A white male had entered the store, demanding medication. He was given medication, fled on foot. The owner of the store pursued him outside, both of them were armed,” says Lt. Steve Sherfey of the Johnson City Police Department.

Police say the men exchanged a number of gunshots, and within minutes, the 46-year-old suspect fled the area in a gray colored Jeep Grand Cherokee.

He made his way to the corner of Blakemore Circle and Mayfield Drive, where officers stopped him.

“As they approached, officers noticed that he had a firearm that he had put to his head. They tried to get him to put the weapon down,” says Lt. Sherfey.

But the suspect, identified as Anthony Eugene Goad of Johnson City, refused.

Graham Bannister lives down the street from where the incident occurred and says, “it wasn’t long after that I heard a shot. Just one shot fired, and it sounded muffled. And I looked at the police, and there was no one worried, and it didn’t appear to have come from them.”

Officers then removed Goad from the vehicle, and proceeded to attempt life-saving measures, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

Bannister says he can’t remember anything like this occurring in the 19 years living on Mayfield Drive.

“This is a peaceful neighborhood, very pleasant. Just sad it had to finish here,” says Bannister.

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