The thug behavior we’ve seen in Europe is now being shown here. In Kelso, Washington, a Muslim immigrant from Sudan, Omer Ismail Ali, who was also homeless, decided to shoplift. The store clerk called the police, who then came and viewed footage of the incident.
While the police were there, the guy came back with a large stick or pole of some sort. He barged in and started to go after the store clerk and a customer. The police who were in the back came out and drew their weapons. They tried to subdue him, but it didn’t work. The guy charged the police officer and he did what he had to do…he took him down. Permanently.
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.
Ali committed crimes before. On August 13th, Ali was arrested for driving with a suspended license and deputies later learned he was driving a stolen rental car. After he was released from the Cowlitz County jail on August 15th, Ali reportedly trespassed in someone’s house.
From KOIN 6:
According to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s office, on the day of his death, August 17, Ali spoke to the deputy sergeant through the outside intercom at the jail around 12:30 a.m, then 40 minutes later, arrived at the Flying K, which is about a quarter of a mile away. He was armed with a flat board but a Kelso officer seized it.
Around 2 a.m. he was contacted again outside the jail. At 5 a.m., Ali was reported for being in the yard of a house on 4th Ave and looking in the windows.
It was around 8 a.m. that he returned to the Flying K for the third time that morning and attempted to shoplift. Officer John Johnston was called and was reviewing surveillance video in the store office when Ali began assaulting the clerk and a customer with a stick.
This was an instance where using a Taser or baton would not have been appropriate to say the least. This man was threatening the cop’s life and clearly had a death wish. One wonders if he was on drugs. These stories are getting more and more common and they shouldn’t.