A Pokemon and pizza heist at a Florida Target ended with deputies shooting and killing a teen suspect this week, officials said.
Osceola County officers were called to the Kissimmee store around 8 p.m. Wednesday night after someone reported a “suspicious vehicle” in the area.
Target employees told arriving cops that at least two masked men had been in the store and had loaded a bag with Pokemon cards and pizza, the agency said.
The deputies saw the two men later attempting to enter a black Audi and tried to arrest a total of four occupants when gunfire suddenly erupted, officials said.
Witnesses said they heard at least 15 shots during the chaos and that shoppers scrambled for their lives in the busy commercial area.
The incident ended with one suspect dead and two others wounded, the department said.
No deputies were injured, and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office declined to give any additional details about what led to the shooting.
One witness suggested to FOX 35 that there was an exchange of gunfire but police have not said if the suspects were armed.
“All you hear are shots going ‘boom boom boom boom boom.’ And then you heard return fire, ‘boom boom boom boom boom.’ And all I see is families laying on the floor so we started ducking around the bushes to see what’s going on,” the man told the outlet,
Police have not released the name of the deceased suspect.
Sheriff Marcos Lopez told Fox 35 that the deputies were justified in firing their weapons.
“I believe my deputies are justified in all their actions. I have the utmost – 200% trust – in everything they do based on their training and their experience,” he said. “Things escalate. This is the real world.”