LAUREL, Md. - A supermarket shoplifter stole a security guard's gun and fired shots after an altercation between the two at a Laurel grocery store, officials have confirmed.
The security guarded attempted to apprehend the man suspected of shoplifting at the Weis Market in the 3300 block of Corridor Market Place shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday.
The suspect overcame the security guard stealing his weapon in the process. The suspect fired off four rounds before leaving the supermarket.
There were less than 10 people in the store at the time, according to a statement from Weis Markets, Inc. Police said no one was injured.
Anne Arundel County police officers canvassed the area but did not locate the suspect.
Dennis Curtin, director of public relations for Weis Market, Inc. issued the following statement in regards to the incident.
Sometime after 8 p.m. Sunday night, an active duty police officer who works for Fallsway Security, a company we contract with to provide in-store security service was involved in an altercation with a suspected shoplifter. During the altercation, the suspect gained control of the officer's weapon and fired four shots before fleeing the store. There were no injuries. At the time, less than ten people were in the store.
We are fortunate and relieved that there were no injuries to any of our customers or associates, and note this type of in-store incident has never happened in one of our stores. We are currently working with local law enforcement to help this investigation progress. We will provide every detail required to local law enforcement who will handle all further media questions.
The security guard involved in the incident is an active duty officer in the Capitol Heights Police Department, Curtin wrote in a follow-up email.
The suspect was described by police as a black male, about 5-foot-10, 140 pounds with dark hair, wearing a red shirt and dark pants with a jacket. ( See photo above)