OKC police release two 911 calls from Jerome Jay Ersland case

Pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland tells operator, “I got one. He's dead.”
BY NOLAN CLAY AND MICHAEL KIMBALL Published: June 8, 2011

In a 2009 phone call from the back room of an Oklahoma City pharmacy, a frightened employee told a 911 operator, “We're being robbed!”

Seconds later, five gunshots rang out in the background.

“Please, there's gunshots going off,” employee Jeanne Read pleaded to the operator. A moment later, she added, “The pharmacist has a gun and he might have shot him.”

In a separate 911 call, the pharmacist, Jerome Jay Ersland, told the operator, “Emergency. People down. … Hurry. One of them crooks got away. I got one. He's dead.”

Ersland, 59, was found guilty May 26 of first-degree murder for fatally shooting the robber inside Reliable Discount Pharmacy. Jurors chose a life term as punishment. Formal sentencing is scheduled for July 11.

The verdict has received national attention. It also renewed a public debate over the pharmacist's actions. Many say his conviction is an injustice.

Oklahoma City police on Tuesday released to The Oklahoman the two 911 phone calls made May 19, 2009, from inside the pharmacy. Jurors at Ersland's trial did not hear either call.

Video recording

Jurors did see silent security camera recordings that show Ersland shot one robber in the head and chased a second robber outside. Jurors were told he fired three shots outside the store at the fleeing second robber.

The security camera recordings show he returned to the store, got a second gun and shot the fallen robber inside five more times. The 911 call by Read captured the sound of those last five shots.



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