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Mar 18, 2012 3:32 PM

Suspected shoplifter shot in struggle with officer

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say a man was shot during a struggle with a police officer at a store located in west Phoenix.

Police tell KNXV-TV that a Kohl's security guard was attempting to stop a person suspected of shoplifting Saturday night, and followed the suspect out into the parking lot.

When an officer arrived and tried to stop the suspect from reaching a waiting vehicle, a struggle ensued and the man attempted to grab the officer's gun.

Police say that the gun went off during the struggle, striking the suspect. The suspect was hospitalized but there was no immediate word on his condition.

The station says the officer was also treated for cuts and bruises.

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