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Vegas officer wounded in Walmart shooting

Sept. 9, 2011 at 3:53 PM

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Las Vegas police officer was wounded and a suspect was killed Friday in a shootout inside a Walmart store, officials said.

The shots were fired when a group of officers confronted an unidentified man and woman who were allegedly trying to use a fraudulent bank card to make a purchase.

"Thank god he was wearing a bulletproof vest," Sheriff Doug Gillespie told the Las Vegas Review-Journal at the hospital where the injured officer was being treated for wounds to his chest and arm.

A witness told the newspaper he saw the officers talking to the two suspects moments before the man allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and did not think the situation appeared volatile. "If it had been more interesting, I would have stayed and watched," said the witness, who identified himself only as David.

The female suspect was arrested. Her name and the charges she faced were not immediately known.