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Suspect Arrested After Shooting, Carjacking, Chase That Injured 3 at Virginia Walmart

A man taken into a Walmart security office on suspicion of felony theft began shooting when deputies arrived to take him into custody, the sheriff said

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Three people, including a sheriff's deputy, were shot Saturday at Dulles Crossing Plaza in Sterling by a man who took off in a stolen vehicle before he was apprehended in Chantilly, deputies said.

All three victims suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital, according to Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell.

Sheriff Mike Chapman explained at a news conference that at around 5 p.m., a man was being taken into a Walmart security office by two security guards on suspicion of felony theft.

He pulled out a gun and began shooting when deputies arrived to take him into custody, Chapman said. Both security guards and one of the deputies were shot.

The other, uninjured deputy returned fire and hit the shooter, who managed to escape through the back of the Walmart and carjack a pickup truck that had keys inside, Chapman said.

The shooter took off with deputies and Fairfax County officers in pursuit, crashed at Willard Road and fled on foot.

After a massive search in the 13000 block of Willard, the suspect was found and taken into custody, News4's Julie Carey reports.

Earlier Saturday morning, the LCSO was also investigating an armed bank robbery at the shopping center, but Chapman said that the events appear to be unrelated.

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