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Store Employee Shoots, Kills Shoplifter Inside Prince George's Co. Store

December 7, 2018

A Prince George's County store employee shot and killed a suspected shoplifter inside a store on Wednesday evening, police say.

At around 2:18 pm, City of Seat Pleasant and Prince George’s County police officers were called to the store located 400 block of Eastern Avenue in the City of Seat Pleasant for the report of a shooting.

They found 49 year-old Joseph Dance of 67th Avenue in Riverdale suffering from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Dance shoplifted couple of items from the store when he was confronted by a store employee, police say. The employee is a licensed Special Police Officer and carries a current permit to carry a handgun.

He was in plainclothes with his badge displayed and his weapon was holstered on his hip and was visible.

 After the employee stopped Dance to investigate, Dance began to repeatedly punch and assault the employee, at which time, for reasons that remain under investigation, the employee discharged his firearm one time striking Dance.

The entire incident was captured on store surveillance video. There are numerous witnesses in this case and the investigation is ongoing, police say.

Dance was not armed, according to police.

The employee has not been charged at this point in the investigation.  

Detectives are working in close consultation with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. It has been determined that the case, once completed, will be presented to a Grand Jury for review.

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