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Police fatally shoot Arizona man during shootout after he reportedly steals milk from Walmart

Police fatally shot a shoplifting suspect after he reportedly fired on the officers at a Walmart in Peoria, Arizona. (KPNX-TV video screenshot)

Police fatally shot a man who had reportedly stolen milk on Monday from a Walmart in Peoria, Arizona.

The suspect, 20-year-old Michael John Stout, engaged the officers in a shootout when he shot at the officers responding to an employee's report of theft.

An employee called the police around 6 p.m. after reportedly witnessing Stout steal a bottle of milk from the retailer, KTVK-TV reported.

When police responded to the scene, they saw a subject who matched the description of the alleged thief standing outside of the store's garden center.

One of the responding officers parked his cruiser and exited the vehicle. When he did, Stout began firing in the officers' direction, according to law enforcement, and several of Stout's rounds reportedly struck the officer's vehicle.

The second officer on the scene began firing back from the cruiser as the first officer also returned fire.

The officers' bullets struck Stout down, and he died at a nearby hospital on Tuesday morning.

Authorities reported that Stout had been using a stolen handgun. KTVK reported that Stout had a felony conviction of aggravated assault and was not permitted to own a gun.

No officers or bystanders were injured in the exchange of gunfire.

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