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Suspected shoplifter fatally shot by off-duty officer

FORT WORTH — One person is dead after a hospital police officer working off-duty shot at a suspected shoplifter at a southwest Fort Worth grocery store, authorities said.

Fort Worth police have not identified the shooting victim, but they believe a person who arrived at Huguley Hospital on Monday night with a gunshot wound is the same person who was shot at the Sack ’N Save grocery in the 3400 block of Altamesa Boulevard. The person was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

The off-duty officer, who told police he saw someone leave the store with merchandise that hadn’t been paid for, is employed by John Peter Smith Hospital, according to a news release. Police responded to the store about 8:25 p.m. According to the release, a store manager followed the person into the parking lot and tried to detain the person as the suspect got into a white pickup.

The off-duty officer was trying to help the manager when the pickup accelerated toward him, he told police. That’s when he shot into the truck, which sped off, according to the news release. The officer directed questions to hospital administrators.

Robert Earley, a senior vice president at JPS, said administrators were aware of the situation but didn’t have enough information to comment Monday evening. The JPS officer declined to give his name. The incident is under investigation.