Menard’s Employee Injured Attempting to Stop Shoplifting, One Arrested

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(Gillette, Wyo.) A 45-year-old employee of Menard’s was struck by a vehicle and injured Saturday while confronting a man believed to be shoplifting.

Police Lt. Brent Wasson said the suspect, a 35-year-old male, was seen on video taking approximately $30 in merchandise when he was approached by the employee.

The suspect then fled the store and entered a 1998 Ford Explorer in the parking lot. The employee followed closely and went to the back of the vehicle to record the vehicle’s information and license plate number.

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The suspect put the vehicle in reverse and struck the employee, knocking him to the ground and injuring his shoulder, Wasson said.

Officers later located the suspect, who admitted to being at the store, but denied shoplifting and claimed to have no knowledge of striking the employee with his vehicle.

Officers arrested the 35-year-old male and charged him with felony aggravated assault and battery.