Suspected shoplifter shot by Home Depot guard

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An armed security guard was attacked when he tried to stop a suspected shoplifter from leaving a Home Depot store in San Carlos. 

The violent altercation resulted in the guard shooting the suspected thief. 

According to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened on Monday, 10 p.m. at a Home Depot located at 1125 Old County Road. 

“Store employees confronted suspect Jonathan Mackey on suspicion of shoplifting, resulting in a physical confrontation,” Sheriff’s Sgt. Javier Acosta wrote. “During the altercation, Mackey managed to gain control of a security guard’s ASP collapsible baton.”

Mackey, 26, used the baton to hit the security guard in the head and face. 

After beating the guard, Mackey threw the baton to a glass window near the store’s entrance. The guard then fired two shots at Mackey, hitting him with at least one bullet. 

“A San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputy, who was assigned to the San Carlos Patrol Bureau and happened to be in the vicinity, heard the shots, and quickly responded,” Acosta wrote.

The deputy arrested Mackey and paramedics arrived to give medical aid to the shot man and security guard. 

Mackey and the guard suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 

Mackey was booked into a San Mateo County jail on robbery and assault charges. His first court appearance is set for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.


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