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July 29, 2013

Off-duty Texas officer kills shoplifting suspect

GARLAND, Texas — An off-duty Dallas-area police officer working security at a Wal-Mart store has fatally shot a shoplifting suspect who wielded a stolen crowbar.

Garland police say the officer has been put on administrative duty during a review of the incident.

Police say the uniformed officer used a Taser on the 19-year-old suspect as the man attempted to leave the store Sunday afternoon. Investigators say the teen refused to put down a crowbar allegedly stolen from the business and used the tool to threaten the officer.

Police say the officer, whose name wasn't immediately released, opened fire. The suspect was shot in the chest and died Sunday night at a hospital.

Authorities didn't immediately release the suspect's name.

Garland police spokesman Officer Joe Harn says surveillance video will be reviewed.

 

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