Memphis, TN -- A Memphis man shot after fighting with police outside a Raleigh Wal-Mart has died, becoming the third person to be shot and killed by police so far this year.
According to a Memphis Police spokeswoman, an off-duty officer tried to talk with George Golden, 42, outside the Wal-Mart after she said she observed him shoplifting around 10 p.m. on March 27th.
Police say Golden became "irate" and refused to talk with police.
"The suspect assaulted one officer and a struggle ensued between the suspect and all officers," police said in a statement sent out Tuesday morning. "After trying to detain the suspect with hands and asp baton, the suspect reached inside of his waistband as if he was concealing a weapon."
"The suspect was given verbal commands to show his hands, but he refused to comply," the release went on to say. "The suspect made a sudden move spinning towards officers. One officer fired one round from his department issued weapon striking the suspect."
Police Director Toney Armstrong said last week Golden was unarmed.
On Tuesday, police said Golden died of his injures on April 5th.
"He was a decent man, he had his problems as well as anyone else," said one man, who declined to give his name. The man said Golden grew up across the street from him.
"What gives anybody else the right to extinct his life because he stole something," the man added. "If he stole something give him his day in court."
Police say the officer who shot Golden was suspended with pay, pending the outcome of an investigation. Leon Dickson, 33, has been with Memphis Police 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," police stated.
Neither were suspended.
Back, in Golden's neighborhood, neighbors say his family has taken the shooting extremely hard.
"They are grieving, and they have the right too. That lady lost a son," one man said. "Good, bad or indifferent, that was her son."
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