Johnson City

Police: Suspect dead of self-inflicted gunshot after pharmacy robbery

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - UPDATE 5:02 p.m.: Johnson City Police tell us the suspect has been identified as 46-year-old Anthony Eugene Goad.

We spoke with a neighbor, Graham Bannister, who described the many police who responded to the street after the chase. A pharmacist we talked to did not want to comment.

The pharmacy closed for a period after the robbery and later opened for the rest of the day.


UPDATE 1:52 p.m.: According to Captain Mike Street with the Johnson City Police Department, a lone gunman went into the Val-U Pharmacy around 9:42 a.m.

The suspect had a handgun and demanded several bottles of narcotics from the pharmacist, which he was given. The suspect then fled and ran to the back of the building. There were some gunshots exchanged at the rear of the building.

The suspect then jumped in his vehicle and fled the area. A patrol unit stopped him seven minutes later in his vehicle at Mayfield Drive and Blakemore Circle.

The suspect was inside his vehicle and placed the gun to his head and shot himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

No names are being released at this time; police just notified family a short while ago.


Johnson City Police are investigating a shooting on West Market Street.

Dispatchers tell us the call came in around 10:40 Tuesday morning.

We're told shots were fired at 2811 West Market Street. The building houses a pharmacy, medical supply company, and a doctor's office.

We are working to learn more about the shooting and will update the story throughout the afternoon.

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