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October 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Sedro-Woolley store clerk killed by fleeing shoplifter’s SUV

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The police chief in Sedro-Woolley says two convenience-store workers were injured, one of them fatally, when they chased a shoplifter out to a waiting vehicle.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports Chief Lin Tucker said Friday that the male shoplifter grabbed beer Thursday night at the James Market and headed outside, pursued by a woman and a man from the store. The chief says the fleeing SUV hit them both and dragged the woman.

The 59-year-old woman was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police did not release her name Friday. Sgt. David Pierce says the other employee, the woman’s nephew, suffered minor injuries.

Police say the same woman had previously been hit by a vehicle while trying to stop a person who was stealing from the store. Pierce says she suffered a broken leg in November 2010.

Police say three other people — two men and a woman — were waiting in the light-colored SUV.

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