PALMDALE – A robbery suspect was hospitalized after being shot Wednesday night by a supermarket security guard in Palmdale who attempted to take him into custody.
The robbery was initially reported as a petty theft around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Vallarta Supermarket at 440 E. Palmdale Blvd., according to Lt. Brian Dunn of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Palmdale Station.
Dunn said he did not immediately know what the man had attempted to steal but once he was approached by the store’s armed security guard, the suspect pulled a knife on the guard and the incident became an armed robbery.
The security guard pulled out his gun and the suspect refused to back down, according to Dunn, prompting the guard to fire a couple of shots at the suspect, striking him in a leg.
The suspect fled the scene on foot and deputies set up a containment in that area before taking the suspect into custody shortly after, Dunn said.
The suspect was taken to the hospital for his injuries, Dunn added. His name was not immediately released.
No one else was hurt in the altercation, according to Dunn.