A Freeport man was arrested Friday after he allegedly robbed a Bellmore pharmacy and then fled the scene after he was shot at by a pharmacist, Nassau County police said.

Marc Gumpert was placed under arrest in Freeport after a Nassau County Ambulance driver spotted him on Sunrise Highway, police said. All the proceeds from Precision Pharmacy were recovered, police said.

The alleged robbery occurred at 3:30 p.m., according to police. The 43-year-old man entered the Merrick Road pharmacy and demanded Ritalin and Dilaudid from the pharmacist, police said.

The 34-year-old pharmacist followed Gumpert out of the store after he handed over the drugs and spotted him standing next to a vehicle. That’s when Gumpert allegedly pulled a knife from his waistband and started walking toward the man, police said. The pharmacist responded by firing once toward Gumpert with his licensed revolver, police said, prompting the alleged robber to get back in his car and flee the scene.

Gumpert was charged with first-degree robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Saturday.


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