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NSB pharmacy robber shot and killed is Id'd; security guard who took lethal action is a former cop

Courtesy photo/Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Keith Allen Higginbotham, 29, of Edgewater, was the would-be robber shot to death Saturday inside the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy by a plainclothes security guard.

Aftermath of fatal drug-store shooting

NSBNEWS.net photos by Henry Frederick. Mark McConnell, a supervisor with Aftermath Inc., oversees a clean-up crew Sunday charged with sanitizing the bloody scene left by Saturday's fatal shooting of an armed robber at the Medicine Shoppe on North Dixie Freeway in New Smyrna Beach.

Watch our video of the NSB police response to Saturday's fatal shooting of a would-be robber at the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy by a security officer inside

NSBNEWS.net video by Sera King. New Smyrna Beach police Sgt. Eugene Griffith (left in video) was among several officers and detectives investigating Saturday's 10:15 a.m. deadly shooting of a would-be masked robber by a plain-clothes security guard hired by the Medicine Shoppes pharmacy on North Dixie Freeway after the owner reportedly received information that someone was planning to rob it of the addictive painkiller Oxycodone. Police have not identified the dead robber, described only as a white man nor the identity of the security guard, possibly a retired sheriff's deputy. This was the seventh major crime situation to occur in the city in the past two weeks. New Smyrna Beach police were assisted by the Florida Law Enforcement, the Volusia County Medical Examiner's Office and the State Attorney's homicide squad.

NSB crime wave includes today's fatal shooting of would-be pharmacy robber, man beaten in yard with sawed-off shotgun in robbery attempt, department store robbery/stabbing, carjacking/beating of teens, supermarket pharmacy robbery, stolen vehicle chase

Here is a listing of the crimes that have kept New Smyrna Beach cops hopping prior to this morning's fatal shooting of a would-be pharmacy robber. They include an earlier armed robbery of a supermarket pharmacy, an armed robbery/stabbing in a department store, an armed robbery-beating in a yard, a carjacking and beating, a stolen vehicle chase and a prowling car burglar -- all in the past couple of weeks:

Merchant asks 'who's next?' in NSB crime wave

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Harry Lodia, manager of the Marathon gas station and convenience store on North Dixie asked aloud what is likely on the minds of many merchants in the wake of a would-be robber's attempt to hold up the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy up the street when he was shot dead earlier today: "Who's next?"
With merchants already struggling to make an honest living in an ailing economy, it seems criminals are becoming more desperate, too, Lodia, said he worries about the safety not only of employees, but their customers as well.
"You just never know if you are next," said Lodia, who is keenly aware of New Smyrna Beach's recent crime wave. He's not alone.

Masked robber shot and killed at NSB pharmacy this morning

NSBNEWS.net photos by Henry Frederick. A masked robber was shot and killed just before 10:15 this morning by a security guard at the Medicine Shoppe, 653 N. Dixie Freeway. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A masked robber was shot and killed this morning by a security guard just before 10:15 at the Medicine Shoppe, at 653 N. Dixie Freeway, after he stuck a gun in the face of the pharmacist and demanded drugs, New Smyrna Beach police confirmed.

"Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call of shots fired," police spokesman Sgt. Mike Brouillette said. "A white male wearing a mask pointed a gun at the pharmacist and demanded drugs."

Edgewater fire victim identified

EDGEWATER -- The man found dead inside a Cory Drive home home just south of Edgewater that caught fire Thursday has been identified as 61-year-old Michael McCool, Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught reporte this afternoon.

The Volusia County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the identity during an autopsy this morning.

The Medical Examiner has also preliminarily ruled that McCool died of smoke inhalation, but a final determination will not be made until toxicology tests are completed.

Sheldon Street resident beaten with sawed-off shotgun by would-be robber

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Despite being repeatedly beaten with a sawed-off shotgun, a Sheldon Street resident refused to give up his money to a would-be robber who attacked him in his yard last night, police said.
The 39-year-old victim was struck several times in the arms and legs in the 8:40 p.m. robbery attempt, but refused to give up the money he received after cashing his Social Security check, police Detective Dan Kennedy said this morning.

Man found dead at scene of house fire near Edgewater

                                                                             NSBNEWS.net video above by Sera King and photos below by Henry Frederick. An elderly man prished early this morning in a house fire that also claimed his dog on Cory Drive in Edgewater.

 

EDGEWATER -- The body of a man belived to be in his early 60s was found inside the back of a home just south of Edgewater that caught fire this morning, said Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson.

Fire and law enforcement officials are on the scene investigating the blaze at 118 S. Cory Drive. The fire was called in by a neighbor at 7:49 a.m. Edgewater Fire Department units were first to arrive at the scene.

National Weather Service issues overnight wind-chill warning, dangerously cold temperatures

The National Weather Service has issued an overnight wind-chill warning with dangerously cold temperatures that could be harmful to both plants and animals.

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