Florida Man Working at GameStop Store Fatally Shoots Suspected Pokemon Card Thief

An assistant manager at a Pembroke Pines GameStop store has been charged with manslaughter after he reportedly shot at suspected shoplifter who was allegedly stealing several boxes of expensive Pokemon cards, authorities said.

Derrick Leonel Guerrero, 33, of Pembroke Pines, was charged with manslaughter in the Tuesday evening incident in Pembroke Pines, according to Broward County Sheriff’s Office online booking records.

According to the Pembroke Pines Police Department, Guerrero allegedly observed the man shoplifting merchandise from the store around 8:14 p.m.

A police incident report noted that the man had grabbed five boxes of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Ultra-Premium Collection trading cards from behind the register. Average retail prices for each box is $120.

“Following a thorough investigation by our detectives, it was determined that while the adult male victim was inside of the GameStop he was observed by an employee shoplifting from the business. The employee, identified as 33-year-old Derrick Guerrero, confronted the victim.

When the victim ran towards the business’s front door with the merchandise, Guerrero retrieved a concealed firearm from his waistband and proceeded to fire a single shot, striking the victim in the torso. At no time did the victim threaten Guerrero or display any type of weapon.

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

Matt McCarthy