Said to Fire 11 Times at Car Driven by Shoplifting Suspect
DEL CITY—A security guard at a Walmart has been charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon following a Fourth of July shooting incident.
Jimmie Watts Jr. was charged by the Oklahoma County district attorney. The shoplifting suspect had been arrested at the time of the shooting incident.
A cell phone video taken at the scene was said to show a struggle between the security guard and Kenneth Simmons, 28, a shoplifting suspect.
Officers believe Mr. Watts was trying to pull Mr. Simmons out of the suspect’s car.
Del City police said the video shows Mr. Simmons breaking free, then, putting the car in reverse with the drivers-side door open.
When Mr. Watts appears to be hit by the open door, and then pulls out a pistol and fires 11 times at the car, officers believe.
The shoplifting suspect was hit several times by the shots, but, Del City police officers said, his injuries were not life-threatening.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed the charges against the security guard on Friday.
An arrest affidavit said Walmart workers told police they saw Mr. Simmons stealing a TV.
The affidavit said Mr. Simmons admitted taking a television past the last point of sale and leaving it between two exit doors.
Mr. Simmons was taken to a hospital after the shooting and was jailed.
He was arrested for petty larceny, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.