An off-duty Bibb County sheriff’s deputy fired a shot at a pickup Tuesday night when the driver tried to run her down in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man. No one was injured during the incident, which happened about 7:40 p.m.
Moments before the confrontation, a Wal-Mart security officer inside the store had tried to stop the man, whom he suspected of shoplifting at the Harrison Road store, according to the sheriff’s office. When the suspect did not stop, the officer notified the sheriff’s deputy, who is moonlighting at Wal-Mart during the holiday season.
The deputy followed the suspect into the parking lot and asked him to stop several times, but the suspect refused, according to the sheriff’s office. The man began to run and then jumped into a red pickup. The deputy again asked the suspect to stop and then told him that she wanted to speak with him. The suspect responded with profane language, then started the truck.
The man pulled forward toward the deputy, and the deputy gave the man the command to stop. The man refused and accelerated toward her.
The deputy fired a shot into the truck’s radiator. The suspect put the vehicle in reverse and then drove backward through the parking lot, fleeing the area.
The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans.
He was driving an older model, small, red pickup. The man is about 5-foot-10 and weighs around 250 pounds. He had brownish, graying hair.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at (478) 746-9441.