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Deputy, 2 Others Shot at Sterling Walmart; Suspect Arrested

Parking Lot of Dulles Walmart after three people were shot

Walmart Shooting On Jan. 2, a shootout between loss prevention officers and a larceny suspect at the Dulles Walmart store left a county deputy seriously wounded. The suspect, who prosecutors say was trying to leave the store without paying for merchandise valued at $64, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated malicious wounding, malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. After some delays, the suspect, Steven Thodos, is set for a week-long jury trial starting Jan. 31. The injured deputy, Camron Gentry, was hospitalized for a month undergoing treatment for his injuries.

A Loudoun Sheriff’s deputy and two others were injured at the Walmart at Dulles Crossing Plaza following a shootout with a shoplifting suspect Saturday evening.

The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. after loss prevention officers at the store, located off Atlantic Boulevard, detained a man on suspicion of stealing items from the store. The suspect was in a room with the civilian security officers waiting for deputies to arrive and take him into custody when he pulled a gun from his waistband and fired multiple rounds.

The two employees and one deputy were struck. They were transported to Reston Hospital for the treatment of injuries described as not life threatening. Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Kraig Troxell said on Monday the deputy remains hospitalized but the Walmart employees have been released.

The suspect ran from the store with another deputy chasing him. They exchanged fire and the suspect was hit. However, he escaped the scene in a stolen pickup truck.

By 5:20 p.m., Loudoun Sheriff’s deputies were pursuing the shooter southbound on Rt. 28 toward the Fairfax County line. Nine minutes later, the truck crashed in the area of Presgrave Court in the Fields of Chantilly neighborhood.

After a nearly two-hour search by dozens of officers with the help of a Fairfax Police helicopter and K9 units, the suspect was found running behind houses and finally stopped at a house on the corner of Kincaid Court and Kincaid Place. He was taken into custody at 7:20 p.m.

The suspect had been shot in the arm but was awake, alert and answering questions. He also was transported to the hospital.

As of Monday afternoon, the identity of the suspect and the charges against him had not been disclosed. Troxell said the suspect’s identity would be made public once he is released from the hospital.