Wash. man killed after stealing burrito, pulling gun on cop
43-year-old man was shot and killed Sunday morning after being confronted by an officer, following a report that the man had shoplifted a burrito
By Rolf Boone
CENTRALIA, Wash. — A 43-year-old Centralia man was shot and killed Sunday morning after being confronted by a Centralia Police officer, following a report that the man had shoplifted a burrito from an area store. After confronting the suspect, a fight ensued between the man, the officer and his German Shepherd K-9.
According to Centralia Police:
Here's what happened next, according to police:
While fighting with the suspect the officer called for backup. As the fight continued, the suspect attempted to reach into his pocket, but the K-9 grabbed a hold of the suspect's arm preventing him from pulling his hand from his pocket. The K-9 momentarily released his hold on the suspect. The suspect then put his hand back into his pocket and pulled out a handgun.
At this point, the K-9 bit onto the arm of the suspect again and the officer observed the weapon. The officer then drew his duty weapon and fired at least one round striking the suspect."
The suspect died at the scene.
Centralia Police Officer John Panco said Sunday that the officer, as a result of the shooting, will be put on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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