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Shoplifter Opens Fire on LP Associate

Authorities have arrested the alleged shoplifter suspected of shooting at a Home Depot loss prevention associate in Ceres over the weekend.

Ceres police said, early Sunday afternoon, loss prevention spotted two men who were suspected of previously stealing from the store. Again, loss prevention spotted the men loading up a tote bag with more merchandise.

The men were soon trying to run out of a fire exit. This time, a loss prevention agent was waiting outside. When the suspects ran out, the agent confronted them and told the pair to drop the items.

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However, police say the suspect who wasn’t carrying the bag pulled out a handgun and shot at the loss prevention agent. No one was hurt in the shooting, police say.

Both men were seen running to a waiting sedan. The group took off and were last headed towards Highway 99 – but, someone managed to take down the license plate.

Detectives were able to track the car to a property in Turlock. With the help of several other local law enforcement agencies, the home was surrounded and a man – 45-year-old Turlock resident Edward Lopez – was spotted on the roof.

After some time, Lopez was arrested by a SWAT team. He had a loaded handgun in his waistband, police say.

More people slowly emerged out of the home over the next few hours at the commands of crisis negotiators over a loudspeaker. However, none of those people matched the description of the people wanted for the Home Depot incident…  CBS13 News

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