Police Shoot, Kill Man With Hammer Outside Walmart

Store had called about a possible theft
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 9, 2020 3:30 PM CST
Police Shoot, Kill Man With Hammer Outside Walmart
In this Sept. 3, 2019 file photo, a Walmart logo is displayed outside of a Walmart store, in Walpole, Mass.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

(Newser) – An Alabama deputy fatally shot a man who was threatening the officer with a hammer outside a Walmart store on Thursday, authorities said. Store workers called to report a possible theft, the AP reports, and a deputy who was already at the Walmart saw a man outside, said Paul Burch, a spokesman for the Mobile County Sheriff's Office. The deputy confronted the man, who began threatening the officer with a claw hammer, Burch told WALA-TV. More than one witness heard the man tell the officer: “You're either going to have to kill me or I'm going to kill you,” Burch said.

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The man refused to drop the hammer and the deputy fired once, killing the person. Burch said the dead man was a 34-year-old Mississippi resident who may have been living in the area, but no names were released. Sheriff Sam Cochran told WPMI-TV that the shooting appeared justified. A stun gun failed to stop the suspect, he said. Video showed police tape strung around a section of the store parking lot and workers loading a body into a van. The shooting happened in Semmes, a small city located west of Mobile.

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