Officer fatally shoots man outside WA Walmart
Thursday, July 21, 2011
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) -- A police spokesman says a Federal Way police officer fatally shot an armed shoplifting suspect Thursday evening outside a Walmart store in the south Seattle suburb.
Kent police Lt. Pat Lowery says Federal Way officers responded to a shoplifting report and waited outside the store to intercept the suspected thief. After about 35 minutes, the man left the store. Lowery says the man ran when two officers approached him. At some point, the spokesman says the man stopped, turned toward the officers and reached for what appeared to be an ankle holster. Lowery says one officer fired.
The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say he had a handgun. Lowery says the unidentified officer will be placed on administrative leave.