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Off-duty Texas officer kills shoplifting suspect

Published On: Jul 29 2013 08:13:15 AM CDT
Texas News - spotlight
GARLAND, Texas (AP) -

An off-duty Dallas-area police officer working security at a Wal-Mart store has fatally shot a shoplifting suspect who wielded a stolen crowbar.

Garland police say the officer has been put on administrative duty during a review of the incident.

According to police, the uniformed officer used a Taser on the 19-year-old suspect as the man attempted to leave the store Sunday afternoon. Investigators say the teen refused to put down a crowbar allegedly stolen from the business and used the tool to threaten the officer.

Police said the officer, whose name wasn't immediately released, opened fire. The suspect was shot in the chest and died Sunday night at a hospital.
    
Authorities didn't immediately release the suspect's name.
    
Garland police spokesman Officer Joe Harn says surveillance video will be reviewed.