A Centralia man who reportedly stole a burrito from a convenience store was shot dead by a police officer this morning after pulling a gun on the officer, according to Centralia police.
The 43-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, allegedly heated up a burrito then stole it from a Chevron gas station at 520 South Tower Street. Police were called and found the man in a bank parking lot across the street around 10 a.m.
When the officer approached the man, he grew irate, said Centralia police spokesman Officer John Panco. The man fought the officer when he tried to arrest him. The officer then released his police dog from the back of the patrol car and called for backup.
The suspect reached into his pocket when fighting the officer and the dog. The police dog responded by latching onto the man’s arm; the man pulled an empty hand out of his pocket. The dog then briefly let go of the man’s arm and the man quickly reached back into his pocket and pulled out a gun, Panco said.
“The officer then fired at least one shot,” Panco said.
The suspect died at the scene.
The officer, a 15-year veteran of the force, was not hurt. He was not identified.
The police dog was also not hurt.