Shoplifting Suspect Tased By Cop In Road, Gets Killed By Passing Car

An alleged shoplifter trying to elude the police got Tased on Wednesday, and then fell into traffic and was fatally hit.

Mount Vernon, WA – Detectives are investigating what happened when a police officer tased a fleeing shoplifter on Wednesday evening, causing the man to fall into the street and be run over by a passing vehicle.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on March 20 when police responded to a call about a shoplifter at the Walmart on Freeway Drives, KOMO reported.

A witness gave police a description of the shoplifter, who was last seen running away across the street near the Burgermaster restaurant.

He described the man’s clothing and said he was carrying a plastic bag, the Seattle Times reported.

Only a short distance from the restaurant, an officer who was arriving at the scene spotted a man nearby who matched the description of the suspect, according to KOMO.

When the alleged shoplifter saw police approaching him, he fled across Freeway Drive, and the officer deployed his Taser to stop him.

The shock from the Taser caused the man to fall to the ground in the middle of the street, where he was promptly run over by a passing, southbound vehicle, KOMO reported.

He died at the scene.

The Mount Vernon Police Department has asked the Skagit Multi Agency Response Team to investigate the incident.

Police have not yet released the name of the officer who tased the alleged shoplifter, nor have the released any information about the man who was run over on Freeway Drive.

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RPG156
RPG156

This is not going to bode well...

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Obay the law. I guess that's kinda difficult for some feral humans.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The important issue is whether the use of a Taser in these circumstances would constitute excessive force under well established Ninth Circuit law. I wonder what the law on this is in the Ninth Circuit . . . certainly the officers involved are presumed to have known.

Storm45
Storm45

Bzzzzz. Thud. Next.

Sheepdog 31
Sheepdog 31

He's the one that decided to run into the street. No one can help that he decided to go that direction. It was of his own volition. He was abruptly stopped in his progression by electronic means, but even in this current climate, the officer should not be held accountable for the suspect's bad choices.