COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have identified the Colorado Springs Police officer who shot and killed a suspected shoplifter as a nine-year veteran of the force.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/2ie9RVq ) Officer Anthony Voltz's name was released Friday.

Voltz is on paid leave while the El Paso County Sheriff's Department investigates.

Authorities say Voltz was responding to a report of shoplifting at a Walmart on Monday when the suspect fled, brandishing a weapon.

Investigators say the weapon was a pellet pistol that was a close replica of a firearm.

Authorities say Voltz shot and killed the suspect, identified as 45-year-old James Young.

Young was wanted on suspicion of vehicle theft and vehicular eluding before the shoplifting report. He also was wanted on a fugitive from justice warrant from the Colorado Department of Corrections.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com