LODI, CA - A Lodi storekeeper was arrested on Tuesday after shooting a man suspected of stealing beer from his shop.
According to officer Eric Bradley with the Lodi Police Department, Gurminder "Gary" Parmar shot 21-year-old Christopher Driggers in the upper shoulder area between his neck and shoulder after Driggers allegedly stole the beer.
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Police were notified of the shooting around 9:49 p.m. by a customer who claimed they saw Driggers flee the shop on foot after the shooting. Officers responded to the scene and soon located Driggers and the beer, said Bradley.
Following an ensuing investigation of the incident, Parmar was arrested and charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon and booked in Lodi County Jail.
According to Bradley, in California, a person is allowed to use deadly force when their life or the life of someone around them is "immediately threatened." Since Driggers never had a weapon or made any type of threat towards Parmar, the shopkeeper was not permitted to use deadly force.
No information was provided on Driggers' condition or whether he was charged with shoplifting.