St. Paul officer fires at suspected shoplifter

Published 10:18 am Monday, June 22, 2015

ST. PAUL — An off-duty St. Paul police officer shot at a man who was suspected of shoplifting from Walmart after the man pointed a weapon at the officer twice.

According to a press release, no one was injured in the Sunday afternoon incident. The officer was off-duty, but in his police uniform.

Police haven’t confirmed what weapon the man allegedly had.

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Police said the officer confronted the man in the Walmart entryway after he suspected the man shoplifted.

The man then pointed a weapon at the officer and went into the parking lot. He got into a pickup truck and pointed his weapon at the officer a second time. The officer then fired at the man.

The man is from Tomah, Wisconsin. He was arrested after an eight-minute pursuit.