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Shoplifter Shot

Posted on 30th June 2014 at 16:14

A Centralia Police Officer is now on administrative leave, after the alleged theft of a convenience store burrito led to a fatal shooting. This incident got started around 10 yesterday morning at the Chevron gas station at South Tower and Cherry Avenue in Centralia, when the clerk reported that a man had stolen some food. It’s reported that Centralia Police K-9 handler Ruben Ramirez, a 15-year veteran of the department, spotted the suspect in a bank parking lot across the street from the gas station. Witnesses say that the suspect got belligerent as Ramirez got out of the car, and the man fought with Ramirez as an arrest was attempted. Ramirez deployed his K-9 “Lobo,” who bit the suspect on the arm. When the suspect freed himself from the dog, he supposedly pulled a handgun from his pocket. Lobo bit the man again, giving Ramirez a chance to draw his service weapon and fire, striking and killing the man. While the shooting victim hasn’t been identified, it’s reported that he has been seen at the store on previous occasions. The investigation is continuing.