COLLEGE STATION (April 21, 2012)—A suspected shoplifter who was shot in a scuffle with security personnel Friday afternoon at the Walmart store in the 1800 block of Brothers Boulevard in College Station died just after 8 p.m. Friday at College Station Medical Center.
The man was identified as Michael Bradshaw, 47, of Robertson County.
Officers were sent to the store just after 4 p.m. Friday in response to a report of gunfire.
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.
Customers who witnessed the incident said they were stunned.
"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," witness Kristen Davis said.
"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," Davis said.
The investigation into this incident continues.