A Salem man is being charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a loss prevention officer at the west Salem Goodwill while trying to shoplift Friday morning.

Sean Graham, 49, was stealing items from Goodwill and stabbed the store’s loss prevention officer, 33-year-old Matthew Thompson, when he detained him around 10:55 a.m. Friday, the Salem Police Department said in a news release.

Thompson was taken to Salem Health with life-threatening injuries. Officers were able to take Graham into custody with the help of bystanders, police said.

Graham has been charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon. 

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