Grand Prairie officer fatally shoots Target theft suspect

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A Grand Prairie police officer fatally shot a theft suspect after a foot chase from a Target to a parking lot at Tarrant County College's southeast campus in Arlington, police said Thursday.

The officers responded to a 911 call at 3:50 p.m. about a theft at the Target store in the 5700 block of Texas 360, Sgt. Christopher Cook, an Arlington police spokesman, said in news conference posted on YouTube.

When they got there, they saw the suspect running from the store to the TCC parking lot, Cook said.

"While officers were trying to take the suspect into custody in the parking lot, there was a physical altercation between multiple officers and the suspect," Cook said.

"The Grand Prairie officer shot the suspect in fear of his life and in fear of the other officers involved."

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. A name was unavailable early Thursday evening.

Arlington police will investigate the shooting because it happened in their jurisdiction, Cook said.

Grand Prairie police will conduct an internal investigation, said Detective Lyle Gensler, a Grand Prairie police spokesman who participated in the video news conference.

We'll update this report as more information becomes available.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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