Shoplifter fires shots outside of Walmart in Madison, three arrested

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MADISON, Miss. (WJTV) – According to Madison Police, the male suspect involved in the felony shoplifting/firearms discharge at the Madison Walmart on Thursday has been released from the hospital.

The man has been identified as Paul Barnett, 37, of Jackson. He has been charged with felony shoplifting, simple assault by threat, discharge of a firearm, resisting arrest and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Paul C. Barnett

Stephanie A. Collom, 27, has also been released from the hospital and has been charged with accessory to felony shoplifting.

Stephanie A. Collom

All three individuals involved are at the Madison County Detention Center awaiting their initial court appearance in Madison Municipal Court.


MADISON, Miss. (WJTV) – Thursday evening in Madison, two men and a woman were arrested for shoplifting at Walmart on Grandview Boulevard.

At approximately 5:28 PM, the Madison Police Department received information from Loss Prevention employees of Walmart located at 227 Grandview Boulevard in Madison that there was a male subject shoplifting in the store. As the male subject approached the grocery exit of the store the loss prevention employees identified themselves in an attempt to stop him at which time the male subject exited the store into the parking lot, produced a handgun and fired two shots in the air. The male subject then entered a red Cadillac sedan driven by another male subject. As this was occurring a female subject exited the Cadillac sedan and began to flee on foot through the parking lot.

At this time officers were arriving on the scene. As they approached the vehicle containing the two male subjects, the male who had discharged the weapon, jumped out of the vehicle and also fled on foot. Officers gave chase and caught the male subject near Interstate 55 behind Walmart. The firearm a Taurus .380 semi-automatic pistol, was recovered from the subject. The male driver of the vehicle was also apprehended. Approximately $2,000 worth of Walmart merchandise was recovered from the vehicle which included miscellaneous grocery and other items.

Other officers who had arrived on the scene apprehended the female subject near the Shell Fuel Station near the Walmart. No officers, Walmart employees, or members of the public were injured during this incident.

Madison Police Department

The male driver of the vehicle was identified as Conerly Chapman, 33. He has been charged with accessory to felony shoplifting.

Conerly Chapman, 33

Stephanie A. Collom, 27, was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center due to a previous surgery wound which she reported had become aggravated during her attempt to flee the store. Collom will be charged with accessory to felony shoplifting after being released from the hospital.

Stephanie A. Collom, 27

According to MPD, the male subject who discharged the firearm, who remains unidentified at this time, was transported to the University of MS Medical Center due to self-admitted illegal narcotics ingestion. Upon his release from the hospital, he will be charged with Felony Shoplifting, Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, and Resisting Arrest.

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