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Shoplifting suspect tased, killed by passing vehicle

March 21, 2019

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A shoplifting suspect in Mount Vernon was killed by a passing vehicle when an officer used a Taser to disable him during a chase that led into the roadway.

KOMO reports that about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mount Vernon police responded a Walmart for a report of a shoplifter running away from the store. A witness gave them a description of the suspect who had been last seen just south of the store.

An officer arriving to the scene saw a man nearby who fit the description and engaged in a brief foot chase.

As the man started to run across Freeway Dr., the officer deployed a Taser that knocked the man to the ground. A southbound vehicle ran over the suspect, killing him.

The Skagit Multiple Agency Response Team continues to investigate.