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Federal Way police officer fatally shoots shoplifter outside Walmart

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
July 21, 2011 9:35 pm

UPDATE as of 8:30 p.m.:

A Federal Way police officer shot and killed a suspected armed shoplifter outside a Walmart tonight.

The incident started about 5:30 p.m. when loss prevention officers inside the store called police to report the suspected thief. Several officers responded to the store in the 1900 block of S. 314th Street and set up a perimeter to confront the shoplifter.

When the shoplifter emerged 35 minutes later, he bolted 40 yards through the parking lot after police tried to approach him.

“At one point, he stopped, reached down for his gun that was on his ankle and turned on the officers,” Kent police Lt. Pat Lowery said. “The officers saw the gun and one officer fired upon him.”

Kent police are investigating the shooting.

The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. Lowery said he had a handgun holstered to his ankle.

The officer involved in the shooting is an eight-year veteran of the Federal Way Police Department. He has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure.

Nobody else was injured in the incident.

UPDATE as of 7:10 p.m.: The man shot by a Federal Way police officer has died, police said.

ORIGINAL POST: A Federal Way police officer has been involved in a shooting in the Walmart parking lot in the 1900 block of South 314th Street, police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said.

The man who was shot about 6 p.m. is being treated at the scene.

No other details were immediately available.

We will update this post as information develops.

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