GARLAND, Texas — An off-duty Garland police officer shot and killed a shoplifter on Sunday. It happened at a Walmart store in the 1800 block of Market Place, after the suspect tried to steal a crowbar. A uniformed officer attempted to stop the alleged shoplifter, who fled from the store.
The officer tried to TASER the man first, but it did not stop him from lunging toward the officer with the crowbar. The officer told him to stop, according to Joe Harn, spokesperson for the Garland Police Department, but the suspect refused. Harn said that the officer then started to fire.
Paramedics took the suspect to Baylor Medical Center at Dallas where he later died. The man was identified Monday as 31-year-old Casey Daniel Smith of Kemp.
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