Policeman Shoots Homeless Man Who Handled Bread At VA Wal-Mart

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 16 Mar 1999 16:57:45 -0800 (PST)

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FWD  Washington Post - Thursday, March 11, 1999; Page B02


Compiled from reports by staff writer Katherine Shaver, Eric Wee and Avis
Thomas-Lester and the Associated Press.

[excerpted article]



An off-duty police officer shot and wounded a homeless man in a Wal-Mart
after a dispute over baked goods escalated and the man lunged at the
officer with a knife, police said.

The officer, who was working as a security guard, tried to arrest the man
Tuesday after he refused to stop handling bread with his bare hands and
sniffing it in the bakery section of a Wal-Mart Super Center in Short Pump,
a suburb of Richmond.

The Henrico County police officer fired his .45-caliber service pistol
after the man pulled a knife and made slashing gestures at the officer,
said Sgt. Joe Morris, a police spokesman.

The man tried to leave after being shot once in the chest. It took several
officers to subdue him, police said.

Police identified the man as Edward Joseph Shackelford, 52. He was
hospitalized in stable condition and was charged with attempted malicious
wounding, Morris said yesterday.

Police did not identify the officer who shot Shackelford.


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