The same kind of thug behavior seen in Europe may have made its way to America.
In Kelso, Washington, a Muslim immigrant from the Sudan, Omer Ismail Ali, who was also apparently homeless, decided to shoplift. He mustn’t have succeeded and left. The store clerk called the police, who came and viewed the footage of the incident.
While the police were there, the guy came back with a large stick of some sort. He barged in and began going after the clerk and a customer. The police were in the back and came out and drew their weapons. The lead cop tried to subdue the guy, but it didn’t work.
The guy charged the officer with the stick and the officer did what he had to do.
A Kelso, Washington, police officer fatally shot an alleged shoplifter who attacked a convenience store clerk and customer with a stick last week, according to KOIN-TV.
KOIN reported that Omer Ismail Ali, an immigrant from Sudan and a “transient” living in Spokane, Washington, allegedly attempted to shoplift at a Flying K convenience store Wednesday. Officer John Johnston was called to the store and was examining surveillance footage when Ali returned to the store.
Ali brandished a stick, assaulting the clerk and a customer, authorities said.
Johnston attempted to subdue Ali, who reportedly charged at him with the stick. Johnston then fatally shot Ali.
Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson defended Johnston’s response, telling KOIN that he was “not sure a Taser or a baton would have been an appropriate response” to the situation.
This was an instance where using a baton or taser would not have been appropriate to say the least. This person was threatening the cop’s life. One wonders if he may have been on drugs.