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Harvey gas station clerk charged after shooting suspected shoplifter

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HARVEY, LA (WVUE) -

A Harvey gas station clerk was taken into custody Wednesday, accused of shooting a shoplifter attempting to take merchandise from a Shell station.

Authorities say the incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. at a Shell station near the intersection of Manhattan Boulevard and the West Bank Expressway in Harvey.

The clerk told Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies he saw a man in the store stealing several bottles of liquor. As he attempted to stop the suspect, a fight ensued.

The clerk, Juan Villanueva, 28, of New Orleans told investigators he activated a lock on the front door to try and stop the suspects, But the suspect, Lionel Trim, 45, of Harvey, crashed through the door.

Once Trim ran past the gas pumps, Villanueva shot a handgun and hit the suspect in the leg. However, Trim was able to escape on a bicycle. He later showed up at University Medical Center seeking treatment for his injury.

Deputies said Trim initially claimed he was shot in Algiers, but eventually admitted he was shot in Harvey. He was issued a misdemeanor summons for shoplifting.

Officers booked the clerk into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center with aggravated second-degree battery and aggravated criminal damage.

The investigation is ongoing.

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