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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A suspected shoplifter was shot Wednesday night after police responded to assist a security guard in south Dallas.

Dallas police initially received a call from the security guard at 1921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at 8:58 p.m. reporting a shoplifter. The caller stated that he was holding the suspect at gun point.

When officers arrived, the suspect and security guard were outside of the location. Police instructed the suspect to place his hands on their vehicle. When he refused and began reaching into his pockets, an officer tased the suspect, knocking him to the ground.

The suspect then pulled the taser out of his chest, drew a pocket-knife and fled on foot.

The suspect entered a check-cashing business, holding onto the door in an attempt to keep officers from entering the building.

After refusing to exit the building, the suspect suddenly opened the door and lunged at the officer with his knife raised. Fearing for his life, the officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect.

The suspect was transferred to Baylor Hospital by Dallas Fire-Rescue and is currently listed in stable condition.

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