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Shoplifting Incident at Wal-Mart Leaves One Dead

Posted by attorney Jeremy Geigle

An employee at a Houston, Texas Wal-Mart noticed several women loading their purses with merchandise before trying to leave the store and consequently alerted an off-duty deputy.

The officer confronted the women as they tried to flee. One of them hit the deputy with her purse and then ran to the parking lot to escape in her car. Though the officer attempted to stop the woman by opening the car door, she ignored his orders and started driving, dragging the deputy along-side of her car. In fear of his life, the officer fired his gun as the car sped off, leaving him disheveled in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Police soon tracked the car to a nearby apartment complex. The driver was found with a gunshot wound and was later pronounced dead, and another woman was taken into custody.

A person commits shoplifting if, while in an establishment in which merchandise is displayed for sale, the person knowingly obtains such goods of another with the intent to deprive that person of such goods by:

  1. Removing any of the goods from the immediate display or from any other place within the establishment without paying the purchase price; or

  2. Charging the purchase price of the goods to a fictitious person or any person without that person’s authority; or

  3. Paying less than the purchase price of the goods by some trick or artifice such as altering, removing, substituting or otherwise disfiguring any label, price tag or marking; or

  4. Transferring the goods from one container to another; or

  5. Concealment.

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