SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) — There was a large police presence at a Walmart in South Euclid Friday after a male shoplifter reportedly pulled a knife and threatened an employee who tried to stop him.
According to South Euclid Police Department, it happened around 10:45 a.m. Authorities asked the public to avoid the area around the store.
After the alleged shoplifter threatened the store’s loss prevention agent, he fled the store and got into a Shaker Heights Fire SUV that was parked outside, according to police. The man, who was still armed with the knife, refused to get out of the vehicle, according to police.
Police tried to negotiate with the man but were unsuccessful. The man repeatedly told officers, “just kill me,” according to police.
Several local departments were called to help at the scene. Officers were able to deploy Pepperball rounds to the inside of the Shaker Heights SUV, and the man opened the doors. An officer then deployed another round, which hit the man in the hip. The suspect then surrendered.
The suspect was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. The knife was recovered inside the SUV.
No one was injured in the incident, according to police. The suspect’s identity will be released after charges are filed.