Shoplifting Suspect Shot by Police at Raleigh Walmart Dies

Shoplifting Suspect Shot by Police at Raleigh Walmart Dies

A shoplifting suspect dies a little more than a week after being shot by an MPD officer who thought he was drawing a weapon.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A shoplifting suspect shot by an MPD officer has died.

Just after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, a Memphis police officer working as security at the Walmart at 3950 Austin Peay saw a man shoplift merchandise and followed him out of the store, flagging down two on-duty officers in the parking lot.

As the officers tried to talk to the suspect, he became irate and a struggle ensued. As the officers tried to restrain the suspect, he reached inside his waistband. The officers instructed him to show his hands but he refused, and suddenly spun around towards them. One officer fired one round, hitting the suspect.

42 year old George Golden was transported to The MED in critical condition, he died on Friday, April 5. 

Two officers received minor injuries, but were not taken to the hospital.

The on-duty Officer who fired his weapon, 33 year old Leon Dickson, 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 wth the Memphis Police Department since October 2009.

The off-duty Officer, 34 year old Kimberly Houston, and on-duty Officer 29 year old Erica Washington, 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 also assigned to Old Allen Station and has been employed with the Memphis Police Department since April 2010.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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