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Shopper fires gun in Beech Grove Walmart after accused shoplifter allegedly pulled weapon

Indianapolis Star logo Indianapolis Star 4/17/2021 Sarah Nelson, Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis police say a "resisting shoplifter" pointed a gun at a security guard inside a Beech Grove Walmart on Saturday, causing another shopper to fire shots at him in a chaotic scene.

a sign on the side of a road: Police investigate shots fired at the Beach Grove Walmart and Super 8 motel on Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Beach Grove Indiana. © Michelle Pemberton/IndyStar Police investigate shots fired at the Beach Grove Walmart and Super 8 motel on Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Beach Grove Indiana.

The suspect was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A loss prevention officer was treated at the scene for minor injuries. 

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Samone Burris said officers heard reports of a shoplifter resisting security at the Walmart off South Emerson Avenue around 4 p.m. 

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En route to the Walmart, officers learned that shots were fired inside. Burris said that another shopper fired after the suspected shoplifter pulled his own gun, but did not hit him.

a car parked on a city street filled with lots of traffic: Police investigate shots fired at the Beach Grove Walmart and Super 8 motel on Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Beach Grove Indiana. © Michelle Pemberton/IndyStar Police investigate shots fired at the Beach Grove Walmart and Super 8 motel on Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Beach Grove Indiana.

The man ran out into the parking lot, Burris said, and another person stopped him from getting away.

Burris said the man has unrelated warrants, but charges in the incident will be up to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

Burris thanked both of the shoppers who stopped the alleged shoplifter. 

Burris acknowledged the heightened fear surrounding the initial reports of gunfire inside the store in light of Thursday’s mass shooting at FedEx.

“It’s definitely that we are on high alert with things that just took place with the shooting at FedEx,” she said.

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