March 7th, 2010 07:39 PM
Shootout at Wal-Mart in Texas
Gunman killed, officer injured in shootout at Walmart in Commerce | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Latest News
Gunman killed, officer injured in shootout at Walmart in Commerce
06:25 PM CST on Sunday, March 7, 2010
By ERIC AASEN and JASON SICKLES / The Dallas Morning News
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COMMERCE – A shooting spree on Sunday left an off-duty police officer injured and a suspect dead at a Walmart near the campus of Texas A&M-Commerce.
Two Texas Department of Public Safety troopers stand guard Sunday at a Walmart in Commerce where a shootout left a suspect dead and an off-duty Delta County sheriff's deputy injured.
The incident began about noon in Greenville, about 12 miles southwest of Commerce. It started when Greenville police reported shots fired from a red Ford Mustang at the Wesley Street bridge in Greenville. A few minutes later, Commerce police spotted the car toward their city limits. They said a man was pointing a gun at them, which caused them to fire shots.
The suspect headed over to a Walmart on State Highway 24, police said. Kala Ryan, a waitress at a nearby restaurant, said she saw officers confront the man in the parking lot.
"They had him at gunpoint and were trying to get him to put his weapon down," she said.
Instead, the suspect fled into the Walmart, where he apparently was confronted by an off-duty sheriff's deputy from nearby Delta County. The deputy and Commerce police confronted the man as he tried to leave the store.
Witnesses said at least eight shots were fired during the shootout. Store employees and a few Sunday shoppers scrambled for cover. The suspect was shot and killed. The off-duty officer was wounded and was transported via CareFlite to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Police have not released the names of the injured officer or the deceased man.
Sunday afternoon, police were examining the suspect's red Mustang in the Walmart parking lot. The driver's side was riddled with bullet holes. Police were also questioning several Walmart employees who witnessed the shooting.
Joann Sanchez and Debra Boyd, who are sisters, arrived at the store about 3:30 p.m. to pick up their parents, both of whom are greeters at the Walmart. Boyd said her mother saw the gunman in the store just before the shootout.
"She said his left eye and face were messed up," Boyd said. "She didn't know if it was something that happened at the store or somewhere else."
Commerce is a town of about 8,000 people 60 miles northeast of Dallas.
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