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Flare gun discharges in Walmart store during clash with alleged shoplifter

A flare gun discharged inside a Walmart store in south Sacramento Monday evening as the store’s asset protection team detained a teenager suspected of shoplifting.

The flare gun went off when the youth, 15, struggled with the team inside the Walmart at the corner of Elk Grove Florin and Gerber roads, said Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Tony Turnbull. The evacuation followed.

“During the detention, the suspect struggled and the flare gun went off, which caused the evacuation,” Turnbull said.

One of the loss prevention officers was injured in the face when the flare gun discharged, according to Turnbull. He was transported to the hospital.

The juvenile was booked into juvenile hall, Turnbull said.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang