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The woman who pepper-sprayed Porter Ranch Wal-Mart shoppers Thanksgiving night may have sprayed in self-defense, police said Monday.
"What am I going to charge her with?" Detective Michael Fesperman of the LAPD Devonshire Division police station told Dana Bartholomew of the Daily News.
Detectives reviewed YouTube and Wal-Mart security videos and now say the 32-year-old woman may have feared for her life in the crush for discounted Xbox video game consoles.
"There was a stampede at Wal-Mart from people getting Xbox games for half off," Fesperman said. "There was no control. People were getting stampeded and trampled. There were people screaming, yelling that they were being trampled or crushed.
"This woman may have fired her pepper spray in self-defense."
He told Bartholomew that initial police reports about a "competitive shopper" pepper-spraying other customers to grab the discounted games may have been erroneous.