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Kohl’s shooting: Cop dragged around parking lot on Black Friday

Posted at 9:23 AM, Nov 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-30 10:12:46-05

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (CNN) -- Black Friday bargain hunters witnessed a violent confrontation between police and suspected shoplifters outside a Kohl's store in Romeoville.

Officers said they chased two accused shoplifters as they tried to leave the store by climbing in a Pontiac with a get-away driver waiting inside.

Phil Koster, who was out shopping, witnessed the ordeal.

"The cop had got over there -- as he attempted to slam the -- the door, the cop's arm got stuck, and the driver attempted to take off,” said Koster. “The second cop had come with the gun -- was telling him to stop the car 'cause he was dragging the cop around the parking lot. He didn't stop. The cop shot about four, five times."

Police said the driver was hit by several bullets.

The injured officer and the driver were hospitalized with what are described as non life-threatening injuries.

All three shoplifters were arrested.