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Pharmacist Gets Creative in Hostage Situation

In the Alabama Redmont Pharmacy, Pharmacist Donna Weatherford is being hailed for her creative handling of a hostage situation. She and four other employees were taken hostage early Tuesday morning by Christopher Trail, 28. The incident took place just before 9 a.m., when Trail walked in and asked if they were open. He then forced four of the store's employees into a back room before demanding drugs from Weatherford. Employee Jessica Young told WSFA “We were praying. We were all praying.” Weatherford gave Trail all the drugs he wanted, with one caveat--she gave him drugs that would get him to fall asleep.

As soon as he dozed off, Weatherford was able to grab his gun and walk outside. J.C. Weeks, the pharmacy's owner said “It's so wonderful that everybody got out safe. I can't say enough about the pharmacist that was here she controlled the situation all the time she talked him into releasing the other hostages and she stayed with him until he was able to be apprehended.” Trail was treated for an overdose and then checked in to Franklin County jail.

Red Bay Chief of Police Jana Jackson stated “These are situations we don't have often here, but we do know that they happen and we train for situations like this and it was intense knowing there was an innocent victim inside with relatives outside. It was just a high intense situation and we had a lot of people in the community praying for this situation and we just thank God everybody was safe.” Witnesses says that local businesses were put on lockdown during the incident while armed police surrounded the pharmacy.

Photo: Controversial Times, Franklin County Times

The pharmacist gave Trail something to make him fall asleep.

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