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Man believed to be shoplifting fatally shot by police

October 12, 2017 - 4:29 PM

BILOXI, Miss. - Mississippi authorities say police fatally shot a man accused of shoplifting after he fled and tried to hit a van driven by an officer.

News outlets quote Biloxi police as saying the man fled in a pickup truck after an officer tried to stop him Wednesday. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove identified the man as 61-year-old Vincent Dronet.

Police Maj. Christopher De Back says an officer tried to use a stun gun, but Dronet drove away, and tried to hit an unmarked van driven by another officer. The officer shot Dronet, who crashed his truck into a forklift parked at a store and died.

DeBack says the officer who shot Dronet is on paid leave. He did not release the officer's name or race. De Back says Dronet was white.

News from © The Associated Press, 2017
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