SPRING, Texas – Chaos erupted outside of a Walmart in Spring after a shoplifting suspect was killed during a shootout with Precinct 4 deputy constables Sunday, authorities said.
The shooting happened after 10:30 p.m. at a Walmart in the 21100 block of Kuykendahl Road after workers from another Walmart located on 45 near Louetta notified other stores about suspects that had been stealing, according to deputy constables.
Our Homicide and CSU investigators are responding to a retail store in the 21100 block of Kuykendahl Rd. in Spring in reference to a shooting involving @Pct4constable deputies.— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) August 9, 2021
A male was pronounced deceased on the scene. No constable deputies were injured. PIO is also en route pic.twitter.com/j6AilfY5dY
Investigators said when deputies arrived at the scene, they spotted three suspects in a dark-colored SUV.
Deputies with Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said authorities told one of the suspects to get out of the vehicle. Deputies said the suspect had something in his hand at one point and they were able to get him to raise his hand. That is when an altercation occurred and the shootout ensued, deputies said.
Investigators said the man and woman that were in the SUV at the time of the shooting fled the scene. Those suspects were not shot and did not fire at officers, he said.
Deputies said the two other suspects were later located by HCSO Homicide investigators. These two individuals are cooperating with the investigation and provided statements to investigators, deputies said.
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Authorities said the suspects have been stealing from different Houston-area Walmart stores. According to investigators, the suspects would fill baskets with merchandise from the other stores and take it.
Deputies said the suspect who was killed has not been identified.