Man Arrested After Shooting at Walmart Shoplifter
He argues suspect was trying to run him over
By Kevin Spak, Newser User | Suggested by crafter67
Posted Feb 28, 2013 2:20 PM CST
In this Feb. 22, 2011 file photo, people make their way in and out of a Walmart store in Oakland, Calif.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, file)

(Newser) – Heroism is a thankless calling. Consider the plight of Jose Martinez. He was trying to do his civic duty by stopping a shoplifter, and he got arrested for his trouble. It all started when security guards caught 42-year-old Eddie McKee allegedly shoplifting groceries from a Florida Walmart. McKee ran for it, knocking a woman over in the process. From here, accounts differ. Martinez tells WKMG that he pulled out his gun to defend himself from the shoplifter. "He tried to run me over," he says.

But police say that story doesn't jibe with security videos or witness statements. One 911 caller reported seeing Martinez run to McKee's car, pull open the door, point his gun at McKee and yell, "Freeze, freeze, don't move!" McKee sped off, and Martinez fired after him, hitting his trunk, his back window, and at least two other cars. McKee says he fired those shots to mark the car for police. Police have in turn showed their gratitude by charging him with aggravated assault and shooting at an occupied vehicle, both felonies.

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Mar 1, 2013 5:07 PM CST
Just another story from trailer trash America. I always tell people that are against guns to just shut up and the problem will take care of itself. Most gun owners use their guns on their spouses, girl/boyfriends, drinking partners, cousins. Most of the time the victim knows his shooter. So I figure if you let them have guns they'll take each other out and the problem will be solve itself. Well, here is another angle being presented. You won't see much of this kind of thing ever happening in Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Ave but Walmart is to be expected. So trailer trash taking out trailer trash and going to jail for it and we haven't got to do a thing but sit back and laugh. God works in mysterious ways.
Mar 1, 2013 1:49 PM CST the thief will sue Mr. Martinez for damages to his car. He should have been a better shot
Mar 1, 2013 12:17 PM CST
You steal, you die!