Man Shot by Police When He Threatened Officers Dies

Posted on: 5:40 am, March 28, 2013, by and , updated on: 12:13pm, April 9, 2013

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Update 4/8) Memphis police confirm George Golden, the man shot by police outside a Walmart last month has died.

Police say Golden was shoplifting and when they tried to stop him, he fought back then acted as if he were pulling something from his waistband.

Golden was shot once.

The on-duty officer who fired his weapon, Leon Dickson, 33, has been routinely relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. Dickson is currently assigned to Old Allen Station and has been employed with the Memphis Police Department since October 2009.

The off duty officer, Kimberly Houston, 34, and on duty Officer Erica Washington, 29, have been identified as the other two officers on the scene at the time of the shooting.

Houston is assigned to Old Allen Station and has been employed with the Memphis Police Department since February 1998. Washington is assigned to Old Allen Station and has been employed with the Memphis Police Department since April 2010.

(Memphis) The Memphis Police Dept. says an officer shot a shoplifting suspect last night because the man reached for his waistband and then spun around quickly.

An off-duty officer working security at the Walmart on Austin Peay in Raleigh says he spotted the man stealing around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

He followed the man out of the store where he waved down two on-duty officers.

We’re told those three officers then tried to stop the man but he fought back against all three of them.

A news release says the officers hit him with their hands and a baton.

The officers say the man reached for his waistband as though he had a weapon, them spun around quickly.

One of the on-duty officers fired once, hitting the man. The department did not say whether the suspect actually had a weapon.

The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

We’re told two of the officers suffered minor injuries in the scuffle.

The names of the officers involved are not being released currently.

The officer who fired the shot has been relieved of duty with pay, as is department policy after all officer-involved shootings.

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