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CS Police Release More Details of Friday’s Fatal Shooting Inside Wal-Mart

“A shoplifting gone bad” is how College Station Police described a shooting Friday afternoon inside the Wal-Mart at Texas and Harvey Mitchell Parkway.

Four hours after responding, CSPD announced an accused shoplifter died of a gunshot wound to the midsection of his body. He was identified as 27 year old Michael Bradshaw of Robertson County.

As part of the ongoing investigation, detectives determined Bradshaw attempted to leave the store with a shopping cart of stolen merchandise.  Wal-Mart loss prevention officers made contact with Bradshaw and had escorted him to the loss prevention office. 

Investigators were told Bradshaw, while in the office, began to struggle with employees and pulled a handgun from the pocket of his pants.  During the struggle, the handgun discharged, with the round striking a filing cabinet.  A loss prevention officer was able to take control of Bradshaw’s gun.  Bradshaw then pulled a knife and began approaching the loss prevention officer, who then fired a single, shot hitting Bradshaw.

Upon arrival CSPD conducted two searches, the first by patrol officers then what was described as a “more tactical search” by the department’s SWAT team.

Contrary to some witness speculation, CSPD reported no hostage situation existed.

A customer tells partner station Candy 95 as she and her children were loading up their vehicle getting ready to leave, they heard the “pop of a gun”. The witness says the next thing she knew “police came flying in” and “there’s three guys were on the ground with an officer pointing a gun at them” and one was shot in the chest.

Witnesses said employees and other customers were moved to the rear of the store, no one was allowed to leave or enter, and nearby businesses were evacuated.

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Posted by on Apr 21 2012. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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