Store employees take down armed shoplifting suspect

Employees at a Chico, California grocery store apprehended an armed shoplifting suspect early Tuesday and detained him until police arrived.

According to a police news release, the incident started around 3 a.m. Tuesday at Winco Foods at 2060 E. 20th Street. Employees contacted a man allegedly trying to steal alcohol from the business.

Police said when the employees tried to detain him, there was a struggle in front of the business. During the struggle, a loaded gun fell from the suspect’s pocket. Employees retrieved the gun and held the suspect down until Chico police officers arrived about three minutes later.

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