Attempted Supermarket Robbery Ends with Shooting of Gunman

Financial transaction escalated to a fight with gun, on-scene officer wounded perpetrator


ARLINGTON -- An off-duty Alvarado police officer working as a security guard at an Arlington supermarket shot a 36-year-old man several times Friday night after the man fired one shot, police said.

The wounded man was taken to Methodist Medical Center in Dallas by ambulance, said Lt. Blake Miller, an Arlington police spokesman. His condition could not be learned late Friday.

The man was trying to cash a check about 9 p.m. at Elrod's Cost-Plus Foods, 1655 New York Ave., when a store clerk called the manager to review the transaction, Miller said. An argument between the man and the manager escalated into a fight, and the man pulled a handgun, Miller said.

The man fired one shot before the officer shot the suspect several times, Miller said.

Arlington police are investigating the incident, and Alvarado police officials will also investigate to determine whether the officer followed that department's internal policy for the use of deadly force, Miller said.

Arlington police are looking for a person who sped away in a red car after the shots were fired, Miller said.

Police would not release the name of the officer or the wounded man, Miller said.

Fort Worth Star Telegram


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