Cops: Retired officer shot suspected shoplifter at his store

NORTH BELLMORE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a retired New York City police officer who owns a Long Island liquor store shot an unarmed suspected shoplifter after the suspect dragged him with a car.

Newsday reports the 69-year-old owner of Newbridge Wine & Liquors in North Bellmore shot one of three suspects in the shoulder Monday night in what police are calling a justified shooting.

Authorities say the retired officer won’t face criminal charges.

The injured man faces multiple charges. Two other suspects have not been located.

Police say the store owner chased the suspects outside after they began to take bottles of liquor. He reached in a 23-year-old man’s rented car to turn off the vehicle. That’s when police say the man tried to drive away and dragged the store owner.

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