PALM DESERT, Calif. - Three teenagers are facing charges this morning accused of shoplifting from a Walmart store in Palm Desert.
Police were called to the store on 34500 Monterey Avenue Friday night.
That's where they say the teens were caught putting items in a purse.
A security guard reportedly confronted them as they tried to leave.
Authorities say one of the teens pulled out a gun and hit the officer over the head with the weapon.
Police say another officer was punched and the teens drove off in a tan SUV.
Thanks to witness accounts, police later tracked down the suspects' car in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant.
All three were taken into police custody.
One of the suspects admitted he had a gun, but said it was a BB gun. Police say the suspect told them he threw it out the window. Police searched the area but never found anything.
A 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds were booked into the juvenile hall in Indio on charges including burglary, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and possessing a firearm.