Police ID Suspect Accused of Shooting Loss Prevention Officer at Buckland Hills Mall

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A loss prevention officer at the Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester was shot outside Macy's after confronting a larceny suspect, according to police.

It happened just outside the Macy's Men's entrance around 12 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Police say the victim, a 27-year-old man, is a loss prevention officer with the store and was shot in the stomach as he confronted a suspect who had just committed larceny.

The victim was taken to Hartford Hospital. There is no word on his condition.

Police did not release the victim's identity.

"We are deeply saddened about the incident that took place today at Macy's Pavilions at Buckland Hills. The safety of our customers and our colleagues is Macy’s top priority. We are working closely with the local police department on this investigation and defer all comments about the case to them per policy," Macy's said in a statement.

Police said the suspect, later identified as Richard "Rico" LaPlante, 30, of Windsor, took off after the shooting.

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or who has any information is asked to call Manchester police at (860) 645-5500.

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