Deputy among 3 people shot at Virginia shopping center

Posted at 9:09 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 21:09:56-05

STERLING, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a suspected shoplifter shot a sheriff’s deputy and two others at a northern Virginia shopping center.

The shooting occurred Saturday at the Dulles Crossing Plaza in Sterling.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office says the suspect was initially confronted by two Walmart loss prevention officers who believed he was stealing.

The suspect began to struggle with responding deputies, pulled out a gun and discharged multiple rounds, striking one deputy and the two store employees. All three victims were transported to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Authorities say the suspect fled in a stolen vehicle but was later taken into custody.