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The Alexandria traffic circle was closed while police searched for armed suspect

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – The Alexandria Police Department is searching for a shoplifting suspect that escaped an arrest at the Alexandria Mall on Saturday evening.

APD said an officer was working security at the mall when the officer attempted to arrest a man suspected of shoplifting.

The suspect then ran away and into the nearby traffic circle – with the officer in pursuit. Police said the officer heard the suspect fire two shots before he stopped chasing the suspect and waited for backup.

APD and other law enforcement agencies surrounded the traffic circle and tried to find the suspect but were unsuccessful. Around 9 p.m. officers called off the search and reopened the traffic circle.

APD said there is no threat to the public at this time.

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