CONROE, TX (KTRK) -- Employees at a Conroe Walmart store say they caught a shoplifter last night, but he managed to escape. And that led to a deadly confrontation with police an off-duty officer.
This all began around 10:30 p.m. at the store on the North Loop 336 West near I-45.
Police say the suspect was initially chased by loss prevention officers after they say he shoplifted from the store. An off-duty officer saw the foot chase and asked if he could assist.
Investigators say the officer followed the suspect into a nearby wooded area, where they got into a scuffle.
"At one point, the officer was being choked by the suspect to the extent that he felt like he was going to lose consciousness," said Sgt. Dorcy Riddle with the Conroe Police Department. "At that point, he discharged a weapon, striking the suspect."
The suspect, identified by police as 19-year-old Russell Rios, was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released.
The officer will be placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, which is standard procedure.