A uniformed security officer and a shoplifter both continue to recover after a violent confrontation outside a Tennessee Walgreens Thursday morning. According to Metro police, a uniformed security officer confronted convicted felon Marcus Pullens, who was stealing merchandise, reportedly Febreze.
Police said when the security officer tried to detain Pullens, there was a confrontation. The security officer used his baton on the 49-year-old, who responded by slashing the officer repeatedly with a box cutter. That’s when, police say, the officer opened fire to defend himself and shot the shoplifter in both legs.
Pullens’ criminal history in Metro goes back 32 years and it’s violent and chronic. North precinct commander Terrence Graves says, “We have a board at the precinct that has persistent shoplifters and he is the only one with a note on there that says he is a fighter. ”
“He had two box cutters, actually. I took the first one. The second one, he got me with after I got him on the ground. He stabbed me.I still haven’t been back to work with them. I lost so much money because of that,” said the security officer. The guard says he studied music and he plays the piano, the tuba, and the baritone and he has been unable to play because of the injury he suffered to his hand. For now, Pullens is being treated for gunshots in both his legs. Once he recovers, he’ll be charged with aggravated assault and theft. [Source: WKRN2 News]