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Cops: Instead of Calling Police, Walgreens Called This Guy

Louis Hicks charged with murder after allegedly shooting woman thought to be shoplifter: police
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 21, 2019 9:15 AM CDT
In this, Oct. 17, 2012, file photo, people pass a Walgreens store in New York's Times Square.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – Police say a man has been charged with murder and pretending to be an officer in the shooting death of a woman inside a Chicago Walgreens store. Chicago Police rep Anthony Guglielmi says Louis Hicks, 33, turned himself in Wednesday night, the AP reports. Police have said a store manager believed the woman, Sircie Varnado, 46, was shoplifting feminine products and called Hicks instead of police. Hicks, who lives near the store, had worked as a security guard in the past. Cops say Hicks and Varnado first argued before things got deadly, WLS reports. It quotes lines heard on the police scanner on the night of the June 13 shooting: "The employees here say they do not have a security guard here, but witnesses said ... he claimed he was a Chicago police officer after he threw her to the ground and fired."

Police say after firing one shot at Varnado, Hicks walked out and drove away. The Cook County medical examiner's office says Varnado died of a gunshot wound to the face. "I don't know why they would stereotype her but I do know he murdered my aunt. In cold blood," Varnado's niece tells WLS, which notes Hicks has been arrested before for impersonating government officials. Officials say Hicks, who has a valid concealed-carry license, is considered an "unofficial security guard" at that particular Walgreens. Hicks, who is also charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, has a bond hearing scheduled for Friday.

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