An accused shoplifter is recovering in an area hospital and another is sitting in jail after a convenience store employee fired a gun at them when they were fleeing the store early Tuesday morning.
Deputies say the incident happened shortly after 1:00 a.m. at the Shell gas station at 7441 Parklane Rd. when the alleged thief ran out of the store with two cases of beer, according to department spokesperson Curtis Wilson.
Wilson says the store employee tried to stop the man as he was leaving with the beer, but was unsuccessful.
The suspect ran out and jumped into a waiting vehicle, Wilson said. He says that is when the store owner fired several shots at the two men as they drove away.
Wilson says the suspects turned themselves in at a location near the store.
Deputies said Andrew Walker was shot several times and taken to an area hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening. He will be charged with shoplifting upon release.
The other suspect, Clyde Manigo, 50, was taken into custody and charged with shoplifting.
Wilson says the sheriff's department is working with the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office to determine if the store employee will be charged.