Employee bear sprayed by shoplifter in downtown Kamloops

KAMLOOPS - A loss prevention officer attempting to stop a shoplifter was bear sprayed outside a Kamloops drug store this morning.

Cpl. Cheryl Bush of Kamloops RCMP says the male suspect was leaving the Cooper's Foods store on Lansdowne Street around 11:15 a.m. with goods that had not been paid for. When the loss prevention officer tried to stop him in the parking lot, the suspect sprayed him in the face with bear spray.

The suspect, who is described as approximately 30 years old and wearing jeans, a red shirt, black hat and a black jacket, fled the area and RCMP continue to try and identify him.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 2:28 p.m., Oct. 15, 2015 to note a correction from RCMP about which store the incident happened at.

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