SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A man is in custody after three employees were injured, two of them stabbed, inside the Shreve City Walmart Friday afternoon.
It happened just before 4 p.m. near the entrance of the Walmart Shopping Center Shreveport-Barksdale Highway, where a Subway used to operate inside the store, but is now closed. Initial information from police indicating the victims were Subway employees was incorrect.
According to police, 31-year-old Roger W. Lindsey pepper-sprayed the employees when they tried to stop him from shoplifting candy and a soft drink, and then stabbed two of them.
“They tried to thwart shoplifting and he turned violent on those employees who were trying to do their job and stop him and get the police here to get him detained,” said SPD Cpl. Angie Willhite.
Based on descriptions given by witnesses, patrol officers were able to spot and identify Lindsey near Shreveport Barksdale and Knight Street and take him into custody without incident.
One of the men was taken to Ochsner LSU Health with what were described as life-threatening injuries. The other man was taken to Willis Knighton Pierremont with non-life threatening injuries. Both are expected to make a full recovery.
Lindsey was booked into the Shreveport City Jail Friday evening, charged with two counts of aggravated second-degree battery, one count of simple battery, and one count of misdemeanor theft.