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IMPD: Bystander fired shots when suspected shoplifter pointed gun at park ranger in Beech Grove Walmart

Police from multiple departments responded on April 17, 2021, to a report of shots fired at a Walmart on Emerson Avenue in Beech Grove. (WISH Photo/Andrew Moore)

BEECH GROVE, Ind. (WISH) — A man who saw a suspected shoplifter point a firearm at an off-duty park ranger fired shots at the suspect inside a Walmart on Saturday in Beech Grove.

The call of shots fired at 4650 S. Emerson Ave. came out around 4 p.m. Saturday, and officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were called to assist.

The suspected shoplifter pointed a gun at the park ranger. That’s when, according to Officer Samone Burris with IMPD Public Affairs, a “good Samaritan” fired shots at the suspect and missed. Burris said the bystander was licensed to carry a firearm.

The suspect, who police did not identify, was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. One of the members of Walmart loss prevention had minor injuries; that person was not taken to a hospital, Burris said.

Potential charges against the suspect were not clear on Saturday night, but Burris said the suspect had unrelated warrants.

The Walmart store at this location has had attention in the past, including a brawl in the shampoo aisle. A woman involved in that viral video spoke to News 8 in 2018 about turning her life around.