PHOENIX - Phoenix police arrested a 34-year-old male who is believed to have been involved in a shoplifting attempt gone awry Friday night, officials say.
Rodney McCullough was attempting to steal some speakers from a Walmart near Happy Valley Road and 25th Avenue as police were there on a separate shoplifting call, Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.
After the man saw an officer, he ditched the speakers and fled the scene. An officer caught up to the suspect as he was getting in his car, and the officer punched through the car’s window. The officer’s arm got tangled in the window, but he was able to get himself out.
After that, he was in front of the suspect’s car while the suspect started to rev the engine, Thompson says.
The officer fired a shot toward the car, Thompson said.
The officer’s bullet hit the suspect in his right shoulder and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Thompson says.
The man is being charged with 11 counts of retail theft. Three of the thefts occurred at the Walmart in question on Happy Valley Road, Thompson says. The other eight counts occurred at another Walmart on Thomas Road and 37th Street.
Thompson says the man is believed to have stolen almost $10,000 worth of electronics.
Police are still looking for the car the suspect was driving during the incident. They say it’s a brown or gray vehicle, possibly a 1990s Honda Accord or Civic. The suspect believes he parked the car near 35th Avenue and Greenway Road or 28th Avenue and Northern.
People with information on the car’s whereabouts can call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.