Police arrest Harvey gas station clerk after shooting involving shoplifter

HARVEY, La. (WGNO) - A Harvey gas station clerk is under arrest, and a suspected shoplifter is being treated for a gunshot wound after an incident Wednesday morning.

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department, Juan Villanueva, a clerk at the Shell station near the corner of Manhattan Boulevard and the West Bank Expressway confronted a man that he suspected of shoplifting.

That’s when sheriff's deputies say that the man tried to run away, and the clerk shot him in the leg.

The shoplifting suspect, 45-year-old Lionel Trim, fled the scene on a bicycle and showed up at University Hospital. He initially said he was shot in Algiers, but later admitted he was shot in Harvey.

Trim was issued a misdemeanor summons for shoplifting. Villanueva, the store clerk, was arrested on charges of aggravated second degree battery and aggravated criminal damage.