WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer who cited a 61-year-old widow for trying to steal groceries from a Walmart had a change of heart when he realized she was caring for numerous children and was desperate.

After citing the woman for shoplifting a few days before Thanksgiving, Woodbury Officer Bryan Wagner looked further into her story and found her story checked out. So he tore up the ticket and went to a local food pantry, which loaded his squad car with food for the family. When he dropped it off, the woman was overcome with gratitude. She calls Wagner her “hero.”

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