UPDATE: College Station WalMart Suspected Shoplifter Identified

UPDATE:The deceased has been identified as:

Michael Bradshaw
47 years of age
Robertson County resident

As a result of the continued investigation, detectives have determined that Bradshaw attempted to leave the store with a shopping cart of stolen merchandise. Loss prevention officers made contact with Bradshaw and had escorted him to the loss prevention office. While in the office, Bradshaw began to struggle with employees and pulled a handgun from the pocket of his pants. During the struggle, the handgun discharged, with the round striking a filing cabinet. A loss prevention officer was able to take control of Bradshaw’s gun. Bradshaw then pulled a knife and began approaching the loss prevention officer, who then fired a single, shot hitting Bradshaw in the midsection. The investigation into this incident continues.

At approximately 4:05 PM officers with the College Station Police Department responded to the Walmart store located in the 1800 block of Brothers Boulevard for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival officers learned that loss prevention officers had detained an alleged shoplifter and during the process shots were fired. During this altercation, the suspect received a gunshot wound to the midsection and was transported to the College Station Medical Center.

As a precautionary measure, patrol officers, assisted by officers from other local law enforcement agencies performed an initial sweep of the store to make sure that all involved parties were accounted for. In addition, SWAT officers were called to the scene, to complete a more tactical search of the building. At this time, we have no reason to believe that there are any suspects that have not been accounted for.

At approximately 8:16 PM the suspect was pronounced dead. His identity is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. The investigation regarding this case is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.
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It was a scary scene for witnesses after an alleged shoplifting incident gone wrong ends with shots fired and the death of the suspected shoplifter.

It happened at the College Station Wal-Mart.

"All of a sudden I heard, 'he's got a gun.' So then I walked faster and then I heard the shot and called 911," said witness Kristen Davis.

Witnesses were still in shock an hour after the altercation.

"I heard a very loud pop sound and I thought, what was that. Then I heard someone scream, 'Oh no, Oh my God,' " said Karin Warren.

"Somebody said, code six. So I guess that meant everyone run to the back," said witness Clarisa Jaramillo.

Police released the witnesses one by one after questioning them about the shooting at the store.

"It was scary, you never expect anything like this to happen in College Station," said shopper Samantha Flores.

Witnesses tell News 3, an alleged shoplifter was in a scuffle with security officers when a gun went off.

"We can confirm that there were shots fired during the incident. I can tell you that the alleged shoplifter is the person who was injured," said Rhonda Seaton with the College Station Police Department.

For witness Kristen Davis being so close to the confrontation put her family on her mind.

"I'm glad that my mother-in-law came to town because I was going to come here with my two babies and that would have been kind of scary," said Davis.

It's a reminder of an incident earlier this month at an Austin Wal-Mart where a police officer was shot and killed.

"It basically brings home to our police officers, just like the incident in Austin, you can never respond to a call and believe it's going to be routine," said Seaton.

For Davis, this shooting may have startled her, but her faith got her through.

"I wasn't too afraid. I have pretty strong faith and I knew that whatever happened, the Lord is always in control and I prayed for whomever might have been shot," said Davis.

Update via College Station Police Department:

At approximately 4:05 PM officers with the College Station Police Department responded to the Walmart store located in the 1800 block of Brothers Boulevard for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival officers learned that loss prevention officers had detained an alleged shoplifter and during the process shots were fired. During this altercation, the suspect received a gunshot wound to the midsection and was transported to the College Station Medical Center.

As a precautionary measure, patrol officers, assisted by officers from other local law enforcement agencies performed an initial sweep of the store to make sure that all involved parties were accounted for. In addition, SWAT officers were called to the scene, to complete a more tactical search of the building. At this time, we have no reason to believe that there are any suspects that have not been accounted for.

At approximately 8:16 PM the suspect was pronounced dead. His identity is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. The investigation regarding this case is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.
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**Update**

KBTX has confirmed the suspect was injured and taken to the hospital.

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**Update**

It appears the shooting at the College Station WalMart happened during a shoplifting attempt. At least one person was injured and taken to the College Station Medical Center.

Officer Rhonda Seaton tells News Three police officers continue going through the store collecting evidence and witness accounts.

Earlier, we spoke to Vicki Osgood, who was in the store at the time of the shooting. Osgood says saw some loss prevention officers in a struggle with a person, who was dragged to the loss prevention office.
Osgood says she then heard a shot fired.

News Three's Shane McAuliffe will have another live report during our 6 p.m. newscast.
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College Station Police have confirmed there has been a shooting at the WalMart in College Station off Texas and Harvey Mitchell Parkway.

Rhonda Seaton with CSPD has stated that it was a shoplifting incident that resulted in the shooting. There are also reports that SWAT has been dispatched and is on the way.

News 3 has a crew on the scene & we will update as soon as information is released.


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