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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Wal-Mart shoppers are questioning the actions of a man who appeared to take the law into his own hands after spotting police chase a shoplifter.

It happened at the Wal-Mart on Ogeechee Road in Savannah Wednesday afternoon.

It was a very strange situation out there, where police say a pursuit of a shoplifter by officers led them into the woods at the back of the parking lot.

A shopper who saw what was going on got out of his car and fired a shot because, he told police, he feared the officer was in danger.

No one was hurt in the incident.

WTOC spoke to people at the parking lot, including a concealed weapon carrier and a security officer, and they all agreed on what the shopper should have done, or should not have done.

"It's crazy. I am a licensed concealed weapon carrier and I would never do that. It's ridiculous," Mike Bennett, a licensed concealed weapon holder, told WTOC. "You better know he is in danger when you pull a weapon like that."

"No, no, no. He could have hurt someone," Janet Jones, a security officer, said.

"During the daytime, to shoot somebody for any reason, thinking you are helping police? It's insane," Joe Thorp of Savannah, told WTOC .

No one was hurt or injured by the shot, and the shoplifter is in police custody. The man who fired the shot was detained by police for questioning. No word yet on what will happen to him. 

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