Chicago Walgreens employee helps police disarm suspect

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CHICAGO — Authorities in Chicago are calling a Walgreens employee, a hero, after he helped two police officers disarm a man.

It happened outside the store located on Clark Street, in the Andersonville neighborhood, on Valentine’s Day.

Ray Robinson says Thomas Thompson tried to leave his store with several stolen items.

Robinson says he stopped Thompson outside the store, when two police officers arrived.

Police say Thompson wound up with one of the officers’ guns during a struggle.

One shot was fired, but no one was hurt.

That’s when Robinson says he joined the pile and pried Thompson’s fingers off the gun.

“In my mind it played out for a whole hour, just the time span. So fast, (but) it took forever,” Robinson told the Chicago Tribune. “I’m thinking, the cops don’t have control of the situation. It’s getting really dicey.”

Thompson was charged with attempted first-degree murder, disarming a police officer and possession of a controlled substance.

He is being held in the Cook County jail on $500,000 bail.

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