Black Friday's dark side: arrests and shootings

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WICHITA, Kan. - This is a day many retailers and shoppers look forward to all year. And maybe some criminals do as well.

Police confirm to KAKE News one person was arrested early Friday for shoplifting near Towne East Square. It's a reminder that while shoppers are busy looking for deals, police are looking out for shoplifters and thieves.

Most stores hired off duty Wichita police officers to stand guard. Four larceny detectives will be working a special assignment - helping officers find and arrest serial shoplifters on felony theft charges.

Criminal trouble erupted in other cities, as stores opened for the Thanksgiving night part of Black Friday sales. In Romeoville, Illinois, a shoplifting attempt at a Kohl's store ended with two people injured and three arrested. One of the injured people is a police officer.

Police in Las Vegas reported a man was shot while walking home with a big-screen TV set. Someone jumped him, trying to steal it.

A Walmart shopper in Garland, New Jersey received pepper spray from an officer, when he became unruly over a TV set.

Two women in Beaumont, Texas got into a spat over TV sets, when Walmart began handing them out at the back end of a line.

"The taller lady was walking," witness Victoria Malborough said. "I guess she had a TV in her basket. A lady cut in front of her, and then tried to get her TV from her. So she started hitting her, and it was a big old brawl."

Malborough says both women were taken away by police, so neither one wound up with a TV.

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