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Armed citizen fires gun in an attempt to stop shoplifters at Rimrock Mall (Video)

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The citizen fired six rounds toward the tires of the vehicle. (Courtesy: JR Gonzales) The citizen fired six rounds toward the tires of the vehicle. (Courtesy: JR Gonzales)
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Shots rang out in the Rimrock Mall parking lot as a man attempted to stop two shoplifters Saturday evening.

The two suspects, a male and female, were in the process of shoplifting when they were confronted by another man in the parking lot who told the suspects they could not leave, according to police.

The citizen attempted to block the suspects in by standing behind the vehicle around 7:30 p.m. near JCPenny. "The citizen was open-carrying a sidearm and told the suspects if they tried to run him over he would shoot them," said Sgt. Matthew Chaney.

Chaney stated the suspects attempted to back into the citizen who pulled his sidearm and fired several shots into the tires of the vehicle.  The vehicle still fled the scene.

Police said the suspects were driving a 2009 black Buick Enclave. The shoplifting suspects have not been identified at this time.

Meanwhile, the citizen who fired the shots was questioned at the scene and released, Chaney reported.

No one was injured in the altercation and the investigation is continuing.

Related: Billings man who fired shots at fleeing shoplifter's vehicle speaks out

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