Off-Duty Conroe Officer Fatally Shoots Shoplifting Suspect

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) An off-duty officer fatally shot a teenage shoplifting suspect Wednesday just outside of a store.

The incidnet happened at a Conroe Walmart Wednesday evening. The alleged shoplifter was reportedly caught by authorities but then then managed to escape. It was then that the deadly confrontation with police and an off-duty officer reportedly ensued.

The incident began around 10:30pm at the store on the North Loop 336 West near I-45. According to police, the teenage suspect was initially chased by a loss prevention officers after they say he shoplifted from the store. An off-duty officer noticed the chase and asked if he could assist.

Investigators say the officer followed the suspect into a nearby wooded area, where they got into a physical altercation.

Additional reports indicate that the officer was being choked by the suspect to the extent that he felt like he was going to blank out. At that point, the official discharged his weapon, fatally striking the suspect.

The suspect, identified by police as 19-year-old Russell Rios, was pronounced dead at the scene. The off-duty officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

As a routine measure, that off-duty officer has been placed on administrative leave. Authorities continue their investigation into the case.

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