Council Bluffs pharmacist Bill Shipley has been credited with tackling a man accused of trying to steal prescription painkillers.

Bluffs Police say Shipley tackled 33-year-old Kelton Houts Friday afternoon after Houts entered Union Pharmacy on West broadway and demanded OxyContin.

Shipley followed Houts out of the store and tackled him. As the two men were on the ground, a customer called 911 for help. Shipley suffered a minor elbow injury and Houts was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police say Houts, who is from Carter Lake, could be connected to a string of armed robberies at pharmacies in Omaha and Council Bluffs.