A shoplifting suspect was in custody in Virginia on Saturday night, accused of shooting two Walmart security guards and a sheriff’s deputy, then stealing a vehicle before eventually being captured, according to reports.
The incident started around 5 p.m. at a Walmart location in Sterling, Loudoun County, about 30 miles outside Washington, D.C.
Two sheriff’s deputies responded to the Walmart after the suspect allegedly tried to steal something, WTOP of Washington reported.
After a confrontation, the armed suspect shot a Loudoun County sheriff’s deputy and two loss-prevention officers inside the store, the report said. All three were taken to a local hospital where they were treated for non-life-threatening wounds.
Another deputy then pursued the suspect outside the store, where more gunfire was exchanged.
“The suspect ran to a vehicle that happened to have keys left behind in it and stole that vehicle,” said Kraig Troxell, director of media relations for the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office. “He then fled outside of the area.”
The suspect allegedly stole a pickup truck from the store’s parking lot and drove off. Fairfax County sheriff’s deputies later spotted the vehicle on southbound Route 28, pursuing it until the driver crashed the truck, WTOP reported.
A witness then saw the suspect get inside a Ford Explorer and drive off. Fairfax police pursued the vehicle until the suspect got out and ran behind some houses, LoudounNow reported.
The suspect was soon apprehended and transported to a hospital for treatment for a gunshot wound to an arm, the report said. It was unclear at which point the suspect suffered the wound.
The Virginia State Police also assisted in the incident, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said.
Earlier Saturday, a bank robbery occurred at the same shopping center, Dulles Crossing Plaza.
The suspect entered a Bank of America around 10:30 a.m., displayed a firearm, and demanded cash before fleeing in a dark-colored SUV, according to the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office.