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Police: Woman Accidentally Shoots Security Guard In Grocery Store Parking Lot

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Police say a woman accidentally shot a security guard who was coming to her aid Monday morning in Germantown.

Police say around 6:07 a.m., officers responded to a report of a person with a gun on the 5800 block of Pulaski Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers were met by a 24-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to the right shin area.

Police say a 51-year-old woman reported that a male was trying to block her from the entrance into the Save-A-Lot. Police say the woman called for store security and 911 for help.

The victim told police that after several verbal confrontations, the male charged at her with a large stick and attempted to strike her.

She said he also threw hot coffee at her.

Police say the woman then drew her revolver and fired two shots at the male. Authorities believe the first shot ricocheted from the ground and struck the security guard in his shin.

The male then fled the scene with the woman's purse and cell phone, police say.

He was eventually located by officers on Rittenhouse Street, along with the stick and the victim's purse.

The 45-year-old suspect was positively identified and taken into custody.

The victim does have a license to carry and was the owner of the firearm, police say.

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