Man arrested after attempted armed robbery, tactical situation in New Berlin
NEW BERLIN - It started with a 911 call.
"Two employees were held up at gun point with a shotgun," said New Berlin Police Captain Mike Glider.
Police say the guy with the gun didn't want money.
"Lone male demanded drugs."
The suspect wanted oxycodone, a highly addictive pain killer. It started when the the man initially tried to get a prescription filled, but the pharmacy said no. It then escalated into an armed robbery.
When the suspect was denied drugs the first time, he reportedly left the pharmacy and walked to his car, where he grabbed a long gun and went back in.
"He was inside the store," said Captain Glider. "He had barricaded himself and wouldn't come out."
That’s when police shut down the shopping center and all roads into the busy intersection of Greenfield and Sunnyslope.
Tactical teams with long guns and an armored vehicle were eventually able to end the stand off about two hours after the 911 call.
"We eventually made entry into the building and he surrendered once he realized we were inside the store," said Captain Glider.