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.