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Russellville man in custody after 8-hour standoff at discount store

RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — A Russellville man who locked himself in a discount store and apparently used painkillers from its pharmacy was taken to a local hospital at the end of an eight-hour standoff with police, authorities said.

Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett said Justin "Bo" Cummings, 26, was unresponsive when officers found him in Fred's Discount Store shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Cummings was taken to Russellville Hospital, where he remained in the intensive care unit Thursday. Emergency workers said the store's pharmacy had been burglarized and Cummings was found with morphine patches placed all over his body. Other evidence found inside the pharmacy indicated that other drugs had been accessed.

Hargett said Cummings is charged with burglary, theft, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief and criminal possession of burglary tools.

He said the standoff began when officers responded to a burglary alarm at the store around 5 a.m. Cummings told officers that he had a gun and would use it if they continued to follow him.

Hargett said negotiators tried to make contact with the suspect, but he never responded.

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