GOLDEN VALLEY - Employees at Uptown Drug in Golden Valley had no idea they were to experience anything but a routine workday when they clocked in on Friday morning. That's before a man dropped from the ceiling with a gun in his hand.
Cordon Ree Bauer, II, 34, of Golden Valley, allegedly tried to rob the store of money and drugs. The incident ended with him shot by Mohave County Sheriff's detectives.
"He accessed the roof and got into the ceiling, where he waiting for the pharmacist to open the door and enter the building," Sgt. Rusty Cooper of the Kingman Police Department said on Monday. "He then dropped down out of the ceiling and confronted the pharmacist and a clerk."
About 8:54 a.m., MCSO detectives responded to the scene in the 4200 block of Highway 68 in regard to an armed robbery in progress call. Cooper was not sure who placed the initial 911 call.
Four employees were inside the business, which was to have opened to customers at 9 a.m. The suspect allegedly focused his attention on the pharmacist, demanding cash and pseudoephedrine, Cooper said.
Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient found in cold remedies that customers now must sign for at pharmacies. It can be extracted from the capsule and used in making methamphetamine.
Bauer allegedly was armed with a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun and fired one shot inside the business, but Cooper could not say if the shot was aimed at someone.
Customers arriving found the doors locked and some that peered inside the door were able to see something unusual going on, Cooper said. One or more of them may have called 911.
Bauer allegedly forced the pharmacist to open the front door and told him to pull up a getaway car. When the pharmacist opened the door, he shouted at people outside to "run, he has a gun," Cooper said.
Three sheriff's detectives were the first law enforcement personnel on scene. A deputy in a marked patrol car soon joined them.
"As detectives approached the door, the suspect runs out pointing his gun," Cooper said. "One (detective) jumps out of the way.
"The suspect heads toward the marked patrol car just pulling up, firing multiple shots. The deputy backs up to get out of the line of fire as detectives begin firing."
Bauer was hit by at least three bullets. He allegedly fired 10 shots, nine of them outside the drug store.
Bauer was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center, where KPD detectives were able to interview him before he was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
Cooper said Bauer's wounds weren't deemed life threatening. He did not undergo surgery and could be released from UMC.
MCSO personnel were at the hospital and technically had Bauer in their custody, Cooper said.
Bauer has an outstanding felony warrant in Nevada. Once released from the hospital, he will be booked into a Las Vegas detention facility.
The three detectives involved in the shooting have been assigned administrative duties until the MCSO makes a preliminary internal review of the incident, spokeswoman Trish Carter said.
Nobody inside the business and no law enforcement personnel were injured in the incident.
When he returns to Kingman, Bauer likely will face charges of armed robbery, four counts of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon on law enforcement personnel.