Sherman police received a call about a disturbance Wednesday night from a clerk a Whitney’s, a grocery store on Odneal Street. The call came at 9:23 p.m.
According to a statement from the SPD, the store clerk told dispatchers that he had just been attacked in the parking lot by a person known to him. The suspect had chased the victim with a machete.
The clerk said he shot at the suspect. The suspect was last seen running on foot in the alley behind the store. A few minutes later a call was received from a resident of an apartment in the 900 block of East Wells requesting an ambulance for a male who had been shot.
The suspect did have a gunshot wound to his upper torso. He was transported by air ambulance to Presbyterian Hospital in Plano where he remains in the Intensive Care Unit in stable condition.
According to the clerk, the attack stems from an incident earlier in the evening. The suspect came into the store and refused to leave. The clerk physically removed the suspect from the store. The suspect threatened to return.
The clerk told police that he later went out to his car preparing to close the store. The suspect then walked up yelling at the clerk. The clerk told police he saw the suspect pulling something from his waist band. Fearing the suspect had a gun, the clerk ran toward the alley behind the store. The suspect chased the victim with a machete. The clerk said that as he was running away, he was able to pull his gun and shoot at the suspect. The clerk then returned to the store and called police.
The police report said evidence from the scene was collected that initially supports clerk’s explanation of what happened. Charges for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon will be filed on the suspect. No arrest was made due to the medical condition of the suspect. The investigation is still ongoing.