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‘I’m Extremely Sorry’: Former US Marine Sergeant Accused of Fatally Shooting Alleged Pokémon Shoplifter in Florida

GameStop Manager Accused of Fatally Shooting Pokémon Shoplifter
Source: Broward County Sheriff's Office; Unsplash

The assistant manager allegedly bought a gun a few months ago after another robbery incident, according to authorities.

Oct. 23 2023, Published 3:46 p.m. ET

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An assistant manager at a GameStop in Florida has been accused of fatally shooting an alleged shoplifter who reportedly tried to steal Pokémon cards, according to authorities.

Around 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 17, police responded to a shooting at a GameStop store in Pembroke Pines, local police officials said.

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The gunshot victim, identified as 21-year-old Chadrick Coats, was transported to a local hospital and was later pronounced dead, WFOR-TV reported.

Investigators determined the victim allegedly was shoplifting from the store when employee Derrick Guerrero, a former U.S. Marine sergeant, confronted him.

Police said the victim was running toward the door with around $500 worth of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Ultra-Premium Collection trading cards in his possession when Guerrero, 33, allegedly pulled out a concealed gun and fired one shot into the victim’s torso.

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According to WFOR-TV, Coats had dropped the cards before he was struck. Officers said “at no time did the victim threaten Guerrero or display any type of weapon.”

The incident was captured on surveillance cameras, WFOR-TV reported.

Guerrero allegedly told police he purchased his firearm after a prior robbery incident in the store.

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Guerrero was arrested and now faces a manslaughter charge, authorities said. He was released from jail after posting a $25,000 bond.

According to WFOR–TV, upon his release from custody, Guerrero told reporters, “I want to say I’m sorry, very sorry to the family."


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