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Officer shoots shoplifting suspect tied to East Texas robbery

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A Walmart security officer shot a shoplifting suspect at a Garland Walmart Saturday. The suspect later died. Police have identified the man as 31-year-old Casey Daniel Smith of Kemp, Texas.

The off-duty police officer was working security at a Walmart on Northwest Highway, just east of LBJ Freeway, when employees notified him of a man shoplifting around 3:45p.m. The officer attempted to stop Smith as he left the store, but he took off.

The officer fired a taser on Smith to no avail. Smith then ran back inside the Walmart; the officer followed.         

According to Garland Police, Smith pulled out a crowbar that he had been attempting to shoplift and swung at the officer. The officer ducked, narrowly avoiding the crowbar, police said.

After issuing a verbal warning, the officer pulled out his gun and shot Smith once in the chest. Smith walked outside and collapsed on the sidewalk outside the store. He was transferred to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas where he later died.

Smith has a string of offenses linked to him, including more than a dozen theft charges. The most recent was a stolen car belonging to an 82-year-old Eustace woman.

According to Henderson County Police, they responded to a burglary Saturday. They later stopped Smith after officers pulled the plates up as stolen. He proceeded to pull to the side of the road, put the car in reverse, then ram the police car. He then sped off.

That was the last officers had seen of him. An arrest warrant was also issued Saturday. That car, a Cadillac, was recovered in the Garland Walmart parking lot.

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