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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 10:35 pm | Updated: 5:58 am, Thu May 31, 2012.

A local store owner has been arrested for shooting a man after he allegedly stole beer from the owner's store late Tuesday.

At approximately 9:49 p.m., Lodi police and paramedics responded to 8 E. Lockeford Street, where a customer had called and said a robbery had just occurred. The suspect, the customer stated, had fled on foot, according to a press release by the Lodi Police Department.

When officers arrived at the store, Tokay Liquor, they learned the store owner, Gurminder "Gary" Parmar, had fired a round from his gun at the fleeing suspect.

The man, according to Detective Eric Bradley of the Lodi Police Department, had just attempted to steal beer from the liquor store.

The suspect made it to the 400 block of North Church Street before paramedics and police were able to locate him.

He was identified as Lodi resident Christopher Driggers, 21. Driggers currently serves in the United States Army.

Driggers was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital for treatment of a single gunshot wound between the neck and shoulder, the press release stated.

His injury is not life-threatening, the release added.

According to the press release, after further investigationm Parmar, 48, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and booked in the Lodi jail.

In California, a person is allowed to use deadly force when their life or the life or someone around them is immediately threatened. The press release stated Driggers never had a weapon nor made any type of threats towards Parmar.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates or to read the full story, please see Thursday's News-Sentinel.

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  • Pete Hodge posted at 4:09 pm on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    Pete Hodge Posts: 11

    I stand corrected. Gary Parmar, Gary Singh's partner.

  • Pete Hodge posted at 7:13 am on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    Pete Hodge Posts: 11

    If I were Mr. Singh, the owner of Tokay Liquors, I would hush up and not say a word without an attorney present. Unless the beer thief had a weapon or made a credible threat of grave bodily harm, Mr. Singh cannot shoot him to prevent a beer run. He could be up for attempted murder and, depending on his immigration status, even deported if he's a green-carded alien.

    Mr Beer Thief, on the other hand, just hit the dirt-bag lottery. Now he'll sue for battery, emotional distress, medical expenses, etc. and make out much better than he was before this incident (plus or minus mobility in his arm & shoulder).



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