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Store employee shot while confronting suspected thief

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Stolen 4 wheeler

OKLAHOMA CITY – A store employee was shot by a man trying to steal an ATV, according to Oklahoma City Police.

Officers responded to JRT Cycle near S.W. 29th St. and Agnew Tuesday night.

Oklahoma City Police told News Channel 4 the employee confronted the suspect.

Lt. Jeff Cooper said the altercation turned physical and the suspect pulled a gun.

“He went outside and saw a subject on one of the four-wheelers trying to steal it,” Lt. Cooper said. “The employee confronted the suspect and a fight ensued. During the fight, the suspect pulled a gun and shot the employee.”

The employee was transported to the hospital.

Investigators located a man in a nearby neighborhood who matched the description of the suspect.

A neighbor told police the man was looking for a house to hide.

Police arrested 27-year-old Michael Ruoff on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Investigators have not recovered the gun used in the shooting.