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Deputy shoots, kills suspected shoplifter at Raytown Walmart

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Police have blocked off a scene at the Raytown Walmart located at 10300 East Highway 350. (KCTV5) Police have blocked off a scene at the Raytown Walmart located at 10300 East Highway 350. (KCTV5)
Donald Sneed Donald Sneed

A Jackson County deputy shot and killed a suspected shoplifter Sunday night following a struggle with the deputy's stun gun.

The incident happened just outside of the front doors of the Walmart on Missouri Highway 350.

The deputy, serving as a third party security officer at the store, attempted to apprehend the suspected shoplifter about 10 p.m.

That's when the suspect disarmed the deputy of her stun gun, said Sgt. John Payne, public information officer for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

"A struggled ensued. She was disarmed of her Taser, so she drew her service weapon and shot the suspect," Payne said. "He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead."

The deputy was also injured in the altercation. Payne said the suspect successfully took the taser from the deputy and struck her in the neck. 

"She's being treated at a local hospital for her injuries. That's as far as I can comment on that," he said. "It's part of the investigation."

KCTV5 spoke to the the family of 31-year-old Donnie Sneed, who was identified as the person killed by the deputy. 

Sneed's mother lives in Florida she told us on the phone today that her son had recently moved back to Kansas City from Colorado and was trying to get his life together.

She says that he had some struggles but was trying to get better for his 10-year-old little girl.

"I think it was very tragic that you would get killed like that for shoplifting at Walmart," mother Gayle Sneed said. "I don't know really what happened. I just need to get some answers."

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Sneed had active felony warrants for robbery and tampering with a motor vehicle. 

Full statement from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office: 

On May 28th at about 9:30 p.m., a Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy was working in an off-duty capacity at Walmart, 10300 E. 350 Hwy. in Raytown. MO., when she recognized a wanted party.  She notified the Loss Prevention department of the suspect; who watched the suspect shoplift some merchandise.  Two Loss Prevention employees contacted the suspect as he exited the store where a struggle ensued.

The Deputy began to assist with the suspect’s apprehension, and the suspect began to actively fight the Deputy.  The Deputy attempted to gain the suspect’s submission by discharging her taser at the suspect.  Though the taser was deployed at the suspect, it appeared to have no effect and the suspect continued to resist.  Again, the Deputy attempted to gain compliance by drive stunning the suspect (placing the taser directly against the suspect’s body).  The suspect continued to struggle with the Deputy as the taser continued to have no effect on the suspect.   The suspect then disarmed the Deputy of the taser, and was successful in tasering the Deputy in the neck.  Fearing for her life and others at the scene, the Deputy drew her duty weapon and shot the suspect.

Emergency Medical Services were called to render aid to the suspect and the Deputy.  The suspect was transported to a local hospital and later died from his injuries.  The Deputy was also treated and released from a local hospital.

Walmart issued a statement: 

"Maintaining a safe and secure shopping experience for our customers and associates is a top priority. We will continue to fully cooperate with local law enforcement in their investigation and must refer all questions to them."

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