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Shoplifting suspect at Michigan Walmart fatally shot by officers, police say

A shopping cart at a Walmart store in Los Angeles, California on November 24, 2009, a few days before Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving which kicks off the holiday shopping season. Retailers are hoping doorbuster deals will stimulate sales despite the weak economy. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

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(CBS/WWJ) WOODHAVEN, Mich. - Police say an alleged shoplifting incident at a Michigan Walmart turned into a deadly shooting.

According to CBS Detroit, police say the store, located in Woodhaven, called them as a man and woman suspected of shoplifting were leaving the store.

Woodhaven Police Chief Gordon Chretien said officers who arrived at the Walmart were confronted by the man carrying a screwdriver,acting as if he was going to use it as a weapon, CBS Detroit reports. After officers ordered the man to drop the screwdriver, he jumped into a vehicle and attempted to run over one of the officers.

The man then allegedly tried to run over a second officer. Chretien said that's when officers fired their weapons, shooting out the back window of the car and striking the suspect.

Police said the man was killed at the scene, reports CBS Detroit.

The female accomplice reportedly escaped the scene, but police say she was apprehended a short time later at a nearby Kroger store and is now in police custody.

No one in either store was hurt, CBS Detroit reports.

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