Alleged shoplifter shot by bystander

ALAMOSA– A reported incident involving an alleged shoplifter at Walmart led to the suspect being shot in the leg by a bystander near the Fairfield Inn, just west of Walmart around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Alamosa Police Department reports that the suspect pulled out a knife near the hotel, prompting the bystander to shoot. The injury appears to be non-life threatening, although the male party is being flown out for further evaluation and treatment, an APD press release said. 

The shoplifting suspect reportedly fled from Walmart security and APD was dispatched.

All parties involved have been contacted and identified for further investigation.

The shooter is currently being detained and interviewed by the Alamosa Police Department to determine the circumstances leading up to the shooting. This investigation is in the very early stages and no further information will be released at this time. 

This was an isolated incident and there is no further risk to the community currently.