Wal-Mart shoplifter killed with own gun scuffling with security agent identified www.privateofficer.com
College Station TX April 23 2012 The suspected shoplifter who died after being shot during a scuffle with a loss-prevention officer inside the College Station Walmart was killed by his own handgun, College Station police revealed Saturday.
The man was identified by police as 47-year-old Michael Alan Bradshaw of Robertson County.
Bradshaw was pronounced dead at College Station Medical Center at about 8:15 p.m. Friday.
Police said Bradshaw had been detained by store personnel as he attempted to leave the Walmart with a shopping cart of stolen merchandise sometime around 4 p.m. Friday.
After being escorted to the store’s loss-prevention office, Bradshaw began to struggle with employees and pulled a handgun from his pants pocket.
The gun discharged during the struggle and a round struck a filing cabinet before a loss-prevention officer was able to get control of Bradshaw’s gun.
Bradshaw then pulled a knife, investigators determined, and began to approach the loss-prevention officer wielding the gun.
The employee shot Bradshaw once in his mid-section, police said.
The gunfire in the Walmart sent customers running for cover toward the back of the store, where employees directed them outside.
Police could not say what items Bradshaw was attempting to steal from the store.
According to Brazos County records, Bradshaw had been released from the Brazos County Jail on April 10. His confinement had lasted for 20 days because of two writs of commitment.
Although the record did not reflect the reason for Bradshaw’s incarceration, writs of commitment can be issued for such infractions as failure to pay child support.
Bradshaw also had been charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and a DWI in the 1990s.
The investigation of what police were calling an aggravated robbery was ongoing late Saturday.
Walmart closed its doors after the incident but reopened at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Business seemed to continue as usual as customers’ cars filled the parking lot.