Police Fire Upon Fleeing Shoplifting Suspects

Police: Suspect attempted to hit officer with car

A Montgomery County police officer fired on fleeing shoplifting suspects after they tried to run over him Tuesday night, police said.

Police were called to the Westfield Shoppingtown in Wheaton, Md., at about 6 p.m. Tuesday night because of a shoplifting at Target, police said. When they arrived, officers saw the suspects driving away from the scene.

An officer tried to stop their car, but the driver tried to hit him with the car, police said. The officer managed to fire a few shots. He was not injured.

The vehicle continued fleeing from the officers. It was located a short time later unoccupied near the Bally’s fitness center in the shopping center.

The two suspects who fled in the vehicle bailed out of that vehicle and then fled on foot.

Based on the preliminary investigation, there is no evidence that the suspects were injured from the shooting.

One white male shoplifting suspect was taken into custody inside the Target store.

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