Kevin Salas Madrid, Phoenix Family Dollar worker shoots serial shoplifter 15 times, including when he hit the ground, killing him. Employee calls shooting worse decision of his life.
A Family Dollar worker in Arizona was arrested for fatally shooting a serial shoplifter more than fifteen times mid week according to reports.
Kevin Ignacio Salas Madrid, 24, encountered the alleged serial shoplifter inside the Phoenix store near 68th Avenue and Indian School Road just before 8 p.m. Wednesday and warned the suspect to stop stealing and leave the store, according to KTVK/KPHO.
The pair then began arguing when the shoplifter punched Madrid in the face, at which point the store worker pulled a gun and opened gunfire.
The store employee according to witnesses allegedly shot the suspect no less than 15 times, including even when man was on the floor, FOX 10 Phoenix reported.
During police questioning, Madrid conceded not seeing if the man had any weapons.
‘Worse decision of his life’
The victim was rushed to a local hospital, but could not be saved.
The identity of the alleged shoplifter, understood to be a habitual thief at the outlet was not released. It remained unclear how the shoplifter continued to maintain his crime spree and whether they were dealt any serious consequences.
At the time of the shooting, a fellow employee asked Madrid what happened, with the worker reportedly responding that he could not control his anger. It remained unclear if at any point, Madrid ever ‘fearing for his life.’
Police reportedly described in a probable cause statement that Madrid ‘stated he had made the worst decision of his life.’
Madrid has since been charged with second-degree murder.
Family Dollar have since released a statement that read, ‘Kevin explained he was struck and decided to shoot but looking back, he realized it was egregious.’