Wal-Mart shoplifter shot to death as he wrestled with store employees www.privateofficer.com
COLLEGE STATION TX A April 21 2012 A suspected shoplifter who was wounded by a gunshot during an altercation with store personnel believed to be security at the College Station Wal-Mart died at the College Station Medical Center shortly after 8 p.m. Friday.
Information from police is still sketchy and officers were not identifying the man pending notification of his next of kin.
Customers said they saw several employees wrestling with a man at the exit near the Home and Living section of the popular discount store off F.M. 2818 near Texas Avenue.
One customer believed that the shoplifter was armed and was shot as he wrestled with store employees.
Two people said they heard three gunshots go off while they were in the store.
A call to police from inside the store was logged at 4:05 p.m., saying a shoplifting had “gone wrong” and there had been a shooting, according to Officer Rhonda Seaton.
Tactical officers surrounded that entrance by 4:40 p.m. and went inside within 10 or so minutes. More than a dozen patrol cars are at the scene.
Two people who were inside the store told an Eagle reporter that they heard three shots fired just after 4 p.m. Officials said many customers at the store were rushed out the back after hearing the shots.
A spokeswoman with Walmart’s corporate offices in Bentonville, Ark., said store officials are en route to the College Station site and won’t have a comment until they knew more.