GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Colorado authorities say a Walmart store was evacuated after a shoplifter deployed bear spray against several employees.
Officers responded to the Greeley Walmart on Sunday afternoon after receiving multiple reports about bear spray being deployed.
Workers had tried to detain a male shoplifter but he allegedly assaulted the workers, spayed them with the bear spray, and then fled in a vehicle prior to police arrival.
Emergency crews treated at least five people for exposure to bear spray, which can painfully irritate a person’s eyes, skin, and lungs.
The store was evacuated as a safety precaution and was to remain closed while the residual spray was cleaned up.