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Off-Duty Cop Opens Fire on Shoplifting Suspect

Police are investigating the incident in Del City, Oklahoma
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2020 3:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – An off-duty police officer in Oklahoma opened fire on a customer who allegedly stole a BBQ grill from a Walmart, TMZ reports. The Langston University cop was caught on video (WARNING: violence) struggling with the suspect, who was in the driver's seat of a car in the Walmart parking lot. After the vehicle backs up into the officer—nearly knocking him over with the car's open door—he draws his firearm and shoots off at least eleven rounds. Incredibly, the shoplifting suspect was said to be hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and is in stable condition.

Officials say police are investigating the Del City incident and will present evidence to the district attorney, who will consider possible charges, per KOCO. Police believe the off-duty officer worked at the Walmart, per KFOR, but his identity and the suspect's remain unknown. Police say the suspect had a receipt for purchased items but also took things without paying. (Read more police shooting stories.)

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