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Posted: Monday, January 28, 2008 5:24 am | Updated: 10:10 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

PHOENIX - A shoplifting suspect fired at least one shot at an officer in west Phoenix before he fled the scene in a car, police said.

Sgt. Joel Tranter says the officer returned fire on the suspect Sunday night as he ran from a Wal-Mart store, but did not hit him.

Tranter says the suspect jumped into a car in the parking lot. The car fled, but police soon after stopped it. Another man, a woman and two children were in the car.

The suspected shoplifter was taken into custody, and the other people in the car were being questioned.

Tranter says the officer was in full police uniform and was at the Wal-Mart working as security.

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