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Crime Shoplifting suspect with gun arrested in theft confrontation at East El Paso Walmart

10:25  21 october  2019
10:25  21 october  2019 Source:   elpasotimes.com

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A shoplifting suspect who had a gun was arrested in a confrontation with an off-duty police officer Sunday afternoon at a Walmart in East El Paso, police said.

There was no threat to the public, a police spokesman said about Sunday's incident, which occurred less than three months since the Aug. 3 mass shooting at the Walmart store near Cielo Vista Mall.

The confrontation occurred at about 1:20 p.m. Sunday at the Walmart store at 10727 Gateway West near Yarbrough Drive, police said.

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El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said the shooting could be a hate crime based on a "manifesto" authorities believe to be connected to the suspect . Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has cancelled all campaign events in Nevada and California and will immediately return to El Paso , his hometown.

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The off-duty officer and store security were monitoring a person who "appeared to be committing a theft" in the Walmart. police spokesman Officer Adrian Cisneros said in a message.

The off-duty officer confronted the person leaving the store and a struggle began ending in the theft-suspect being shocked with a Taser and arrested, Cisneros said.

A gun was later found the person, who police added is not licensed to carry a concealed handgun.

The name of the person taken into custody and criminal charges were not immediately available Sunday.

A shopper said that business continued as normal at the store following the arrest Sunday afternoon.

a car parked in front of a building: El Paso police arrested a theft suspect with a gun at the Walmart on Gateway West Boulevard near Yarbrough Drive on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.© San Gaytan/El Paso Times El Paso police arrested a theft suspect with a gun at the Walmart on Gateway West Boulevard near Yarbrough Drive on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.

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Daniel Borunda may be reached at 915-546-6102; [email protected]; @BorundaDaniel on Twitter.

This article originally appeared on El Paso Times: Shoplifting suspect with gun arrested in theft confrontation at East El Paso Walmart

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