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Man allegedly robs drug store of meds; shoots himself as police close in

Photo by Erin Evans

Photo by Erin Evans

COVINGTON -- A man who had allegedly just robbed Chip's Health Mart, formerly known as The Medicine Shoppe, shot himself when cornered by police Wednesday afternoon.

According to Covington Police Department spokesman Capt. Ken Malcom, the suspect, whose name is being withheld, entered the drug store around 1:15 p.m., brandished a gun at the clerk and demanded morphine in pill form. The drug store is located at 2155 Pace St.

"The white male then fled the store with an undetermined amount of medication and traveled north on Pace Street," Malcom said. "Officers from the CPD established a perimeter and located a vehicle matching the description of the perpetrator on Highway 142. Officers initiated their emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop."

A chase ensued, traveling onto Ga. Highway 81.

Malcom said the suspect turned into Roy Dial Road, which is a dead end, and as police closed in, he shot himself.

"Officers reported he raised the weapon, pointed it at his head and pulled the trigger," Malcom said.

Malcom said officers at the scene said he "had very shallow breathing."

The man was transported to Newton General Hospital. From there, he was sent to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Malcom said his last report was that the suspect is still alive.