Romeoville Police Chief describes shoplifting incident that resulted in an officer being dragged and a driver being shot outside a Chicago Kohl's store on Thanksgiving night.
Every year, retailers slash prices on and around Thanksgiving, enticing bargain hunters to brave large crowds and long lines in order to get great deals.
And every year there are reports of violence and confrontations.
While reports say less Americans are shopping on Black Friday this year, there have been several reports of violence and arrests around the nation.
Retailers opened early for Black Friday shoppers but it appears that many people stayed home.
A New Jersey man was arrested Thursday in a Wal-Mart and charged with disorderly conduct and aggravated assault on a police officer after allegedly arguing with a store employee over a TV, WPIX in New York reports.
In Las Vegas, a man was was shot in the leg as he was walking to a nearby apartment complex after purchasing a big-screen TV at an area Target store, KLAS-TV reported.
A police officer was injured at a Southern California Wal-Mart while trying to break up a fight after the store manager decided to open the doors early, the San Bernardino County Sun reports.
In Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported that a suspect in a shoplifting scheme was shot by police after dragging a officer who was trying to stop him in a Kohl's parking lot late Thursday night.
In White Plains, just north of New York City, a Wal-Mart was evacuated Friday, after employees and shoppers were warned of a possible bomb threat.
Locally, a man was arrested late Thursday after leaving his 2-month-old son alone in the man's locked vehicle. Haider Hassan Khudhair Darwash was booked into Orange County Jail on a charge of felony child neglect.
Darwash left the child to stand in line at the Waterford Lakes Best Buy.