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Shoplifter shot at Wal-Mart

Published: Monday, April 23, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07

An attempted shoplifting took a turn for the worse Friday afternoon at the College Station Wal-Mart, leaving one man dead.

According to a report by Rhonda Seaton of the College Station Police Department, detectives determined that 47-year-old Robertson County resident Michael Bradshaw attempted to leave the store with a shopping cart full of stolen merchandise. Loss-prevention officers made contact with Bradshaw and escorted him to the loss -prevention office.

In the office, Bradshaw struggled with employees and pulled a handgun from the pocket of his pants.

During the struggle, the handgun discharged, the round hitting a nearby filing cabinet. According to the report, a loss-prevention officer wrestled control of the gun, but Bradshaw pulled a knife and began approaching the officer. The officer then fired a shot at Bradshaw and hit him in the midsection.

Bradshaw was transported to the College Station Medical Center. He died at 8:16 p.m. on Friday.

Nate Benavidez, College Station resident and Blinn student, said Wal-Mart managers and police escorted customers outside and locked down the building.

“I was at the register and we heard two gun shots — they were really loud,” Benavidez said. “We heard the shots and were basically frozen.”

The report stated that the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Wal-Mart management declined to comment about Friday’s events.

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