Courts & Crime

Grocery run: Bag of meat, wild car ride and gunshot wound

Here's the score from an Independence, Mo., shoplifting case that involved a bag of meat, a wild ride atop a car's hood and a gunshot wound:

  • The alleged shoplifter, Loucinda M. Carroll, 41, of Independence, has been charged with second-degree robbery.
  • The store's manager, who was struck by Carroll's car, landed on its hood and held on during an attempted getaway, was unharmed.
  • And the bystander who shot Carroll will not be charged because he felt he and the manager were being threatened, authorities say. Carroll suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
  • The bystander, who had a valid concealed weapon permit from Utah, will not be charged, Jackson County Prosecutor Jim Kanatzar said.

    Under Missouri law, people can use deadly force if they feel their life or the lives of others are in danger or they are in danger of suffering serious physical injuries, providing they are not the initial aggressors, Kanatzar said.


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