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Man charged after video shows him allegedly vandalizing store

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Patrick Reilly faces several charges after he allegedly vandalized a Walgreen's store. Patrick Reilly faces several charges after he allegedly vandalized a Walgreen's store.

Police were called to a Middle Tennessee drug store after a customer began ripping item after item off the shelves.

With employees barricaded away from the man, officers prepared for the worst.

"We got the call from Walgreen's that there was a white male in the store destroying the place," said Berry Hill police Chief Robert Bennett.

Police said 26-year-old Patrick Reilly was walking down the aisles, throwing products onto the floor.

Store employees hid in a back room to wait for police to arrive.

"The manager got all the employees in the office and locked them in the office where he couldn't get to them. And he made an announcement over the PA for all the customers to leave," Bennett said.

But when the first officers to arrive saw that Reilly was alone in the store with one employee who hadn't made her way to the back room, they knew they couldn't wait for backup.

"When they saw there was a possible victim - when they saw the lady in there - they realized that everybody was not out of harm's way. Then they had to make entry before their backup got there. And that's just what you have to do," Bennett said.

Reilly didn't go down without a fight.

"When he refused commands from the first officer, he did use chemical agents on him. He did mace him. And then they were forcibly able to take him to the ground," Bennett said. "Once they got him handcuffed, he got up and started kicking the officers."

Police say when they tried to restrain Reilly, he made some frightening comments.

"He said, 'I am Judas. I betrayed Jesus. Please put me to death,'" Bennett said. "When he starts making utterances like that, you immediately realize that he's on some type of narcotics and that proved to be true."

Reilly apparently had taken Ritalin, crystal meth and propofol - the same drug blamed for singer Michael Jackson's death - leading to the dangerous situation.

"One of these drugs alone can kill somebody. And when you combine all three of them, there's no telling what his potential was," Bennett said.

Police estimate Reilly caused thousands of dollars worth of damage.

He is now charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and vandalism, but police say he's lucky.

"He's very lucky he's not dead or injured. From the mixture of hard narcotics he was taking, he was definitely in an overdose situation. He's a very fortunate young man that he's just being charged with misdemeanors," Bennett said. "Luckily, customers got out, he was apprehended, no one was hurt. Property damage can be repaired."

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