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Aldi's Security Guard Shoots Meat Thief After Pepper-Spraying Himself in the Face

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Lindsay Toler
Be careful, shoplifters. The security guard here packs heat.
When his pepper spray backfired right into his own face, the 72-year-old security guard at the north Kingshighway Aldi's shot a shoplifting suspect in the ankle and turned him over to police.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police said a 41-year-old man was trying to leave the Aldi's grocery store with a cart of meat he didn't pay for at 1:35 p.m. Sunday when the security guard confronted him.

See also: Security Guard Shoots The Ground At North St. Louis Club, Five Injured

The security guard unleashed his pepper spray, but the wind caused the spray to blow back into the guard's face. The victim took advantage of the guard's sudden incapacitation by punching him in the face, causing him to stagger backward, police said.

When the would-be shoplifter stepped forward to continue wailing on the guard twice his age, the guard pulled out his not-so-secret weapon and fired shots at the suspect, striking him once in the ankle, police said.

The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment. Once he was released, police took him into custody.

Here's the full report from police:

Incident: Robbery 2nd (Shooting)

Location: 702 N. Kingshighway (Aldi's)

Date/Time: 05/18/14 @ 13:35

Victim:72-year old black male (Armed Security Guard)

Suspect: 41-year old black male

Officers responded to a "shooting" and upon arrival, located the suspect, who was
suffering from a gunshot wound to the ankle and reported that he was shot by a security
guard at the above location. Investigation revealed the suspect was leaving the store with
a cart of meat that he did not purchase, when the victim, who is an armed security guard,
confronted him. A struggle ensued between the suspect and the victim. The victim
attempted to stop the suspect by spraying him with pepper spray, but the wind caused the pepper spray to splash back in the victim's face. The suspect then punched the victim in the face, causing the victim to stagger backward. The suspect stepped toward the victim to continue assaulting him, at which time the victim drew his firearm and fired shots at the suspect, striking him once in the ankle. The suspect was conveyed to a hospital and treated and released. Upon being released, the suspect was taken into custody. The
investigation is ongoing.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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70 comments
Dennis Rudroff
Dennis Rudroff

I worked for Rock Bottom food stores. (Schnucks). At minimum wage and 13 hrs/wk I wouldn't risk my life if someone stole the entire store.

John Lupia
John Lupia

Why is he even struggling with a shop lifter? There is no need for any physicall confrontation over stealing meat.

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

He shot someone who stole crap, got into a struggle, punched him, and came at him again. He didn't shoot any innocent bystanders, How exactly did he not do his job? I think he did a damn good job

Jameson Clerk
Jameson Clerk

Says who John? What's the magic age that it's okay according you? And cops don't give fines...courts do.

John Lupia
John Lupia

Capable of carrying a gun. Sure. Carrying a gun in a store and being responsible fir safety. No.

John Lupia
John Lupia

The same rules as the police? That's not true. He doesnt have a right to impose fines or anything like that. As a police officer would you start sprayibg pepper spray into the wind? How many 72 year olds do yoy see in police cars? There is no reason for shop lifting to result in a shooting. Again im not condoning stealing but this is a bit insane. As for what I would do if someone was stealing from me? That's immaterial as nobody was stealing from the security guard.

John Lupia
John Lupia

Im not saying he doesnt have the right! It us irresponsible to employ a 72 year old to carry a gun in a security setting.

Jameson Clerk
Jameson Clerk

Re-read the report portion of article, the security guard confronted the thief, a struggle ensued, and then the pepper spray came out.

Terry Blastenbrei
Terry Blastenbrei

A few things I take from this article: 1. The RFT spinning a headline to get views. 2. People are apparently not super-familiar with that neighborhood, and why a security guard might be needed. 3. People apparently don't shop at Aldi and realize that you can get some good stuff there.

Jeff Keniston
Jeff Keniston

John Lupia perhaps the thief was still on Aldi property when he got shot? And how do you know the guard didn't have "credentials" to pack a gun? You are a bit presumptuous to think being 72 disqualifies him from packing a gun. You're a gun owner. At what age will YOU relinquish your firearm?

Jon Ackley
Jon Ackley

A 72-year-old-security guard with pepper spray and and gun. We didn't even trust my grampa with the garden-wand hose attachement.

Jameson Clerk
Jameson Clerk

I think if you're going to steal you shouldn't be just allowed to walk out with whatever you want. Would you pepper spray someone stealing from you given the opportunity? Notice it doesn't say what happened before the pepper spray came out. There could have been a physical confrontation prior to that and the pepper spray was also self defense.

John Lupia
John Lupia

I guess ylu are ok with pepper spraying someone jyst to prevent meat theft at Aldi? He should have jyst let the guy go and called police as is the responsibility of a security guard.

John Lupia
John Lupia

He got arrested because he still stole and punched the guy. Im saying had he not used force unnecessarily none of the violence woukd have occurred. Notice it doesnt say whether the guard is facing charges. Which he Mau not as he is 72.

Kenny Smith
Kenny Smith

RFT, if this is your most-read news story, you're doing something wrong...

Jameson Clerk
Jameson Clerk

Then why didn't the guy get arrested? he shot out of self defense. Are you saying the thief was in the right for attacking the security guard after not getting pepper sprayed?

John Lupia
John Lupia

This all happened outside of the store as well. Outside of saud establishment the security guard has to let it go. Once outside tge store it is most definitely a police matter not a securuty guard matter.

John Lupia
John Lupia

He shot after he attacked with pepper spray and was then punched for that. Had he done his job and let the man go and called police as he is suppised to none of this woukd have happened.

Allison Nicole Komis
Allison Nicole Komis

Meat from Aldis? That's just gross! If you're gonna be dumb enough to steal meat, at least get the "non-horse" stuff!

John Lupia
John Lupia

I have a problem with this because im a gun owner! Guy steals meat and it ends up in a shooting? First off a 72 year old should not be in a position where he carries a gun. Do you see any 72 year ild cops on the street? No. Why because police departments know a 72 year old is not capable of handling a situation like this. As evidenced by him spraying pepper spray into the wind. Second why is he chasing a guy and immediately spraying pepper spray over a misdemeanor crime? Third. An armed guard is not necessary at a store that's most expensive product is $9. Fourth. If Aldi is that concerned about their products and safety in its store why hire a security company that would employ an incompetent guard. His job is not to be a hero over meat. His job is to report to police. This is not how SHOPLIFTING shoukd be handled. Shoukd the man have stole? No. Shoukd a 72 year okd be in charge if security? Hell no.

Jameson Clerk
Jameson Clerk

He shot in self defense after he was attacked

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Aldi's food is STILL not worth shooting someone over. I don't care if he stole all the meat in the department. NOT a shooting-worthy event!

Tim Dotson
Tim Dotson

Yeah.... He should've shared the meat. He'll never play golf again.

John Lupia
John Lupia

Uhhhh a 72 year old armed security guard at an Aldi? Am I the only one that sees a problem with that?

diobuca
diobuca

Pepper Jell won't blow back and sticks to the face.

Bob Engelken
Bob Engelken

Such a misleading headline. The wind blew it back according to the police report. Like someone else said, not as good a headline if RFT told the truth. This 72 year old is a hero

Chris M. Jessen
Chris M. Jessen

We have an Aldi in Rolla. I love the cheap wine, cheese, etc. I can't imagine a grocery store needing a SECURITY GUARD, especially a "discount" store. When this "perp" sues won't the litigation far outweigh the cost of the loss, probably only a few cents of profit margin?

Meg Wilson
Meg Wilson

I like how the title makes it sound like the security guard is incapable of using pepper spray.. But if you read the article it states it blew back into his face because of the wind. All because they want a funny headline. Sad.

rousefred
rousefred

"...wailing on the guard twice his age..."


Math. It hates you.

Michael Mytzlplyk
Michael Mytzlplyk

He's not a Security Guard. That's offensive. He's a Security Officer. Especially if he's armed. If he's not armed then he's a "Watchman"

Paula Williams
Paula Williams

Missouri, quit with stupid news. Do something good for once.

Tracey Lenz
Tracey Lenz

Never had their meat, is it really worth stealing?

Stephen Rowland
Stephen Rowland

Hey Andy I wondered if to much pepper and not enough salt on that meat too.

Katie Alexander
Katie Alexander

I don't know why it bothers me so much, but I must ask... WHY DOES EVERYONE INSIST ON MAKING ALDI POSSESSIVE? It is not Aldi's. It is not Aldis. It is Aldi. ALDI.

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