Suspected Shoplifter Killed While Fleeing Police Identified

Bonnie Johnson - Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Suspected Shoplifter Killed While Fleeing Police Identified

On the evening of March 20th, an accused shoplifter was fleeing on foot from a Mount Vernon Police Officer in Mount Vernon. The officer deployed his taser, resulting in the suspect falling to the ground and being struck and killed by a passing vehicle.

The Skagit County Medical Examiner has identified the man as Joseph Dorn. Skagit Breaking has identified him as a local transient, and that the officer who deployed his taser is on administrative leave, pending investigation.

See below for the full press release from Washington State Patrol.

On March 20, 2019 at approximately 8:25p.m., Mount Vernon Police Department (MVPD) Officers were dispatched to a shoplifter running away from Walmart on Freeway Drive. A witness was able to provide a clothing description and said the male shoplifter was carrying a plastic bag.

The witness reported last seeing the suspect near Burgermaster, which is just south of Walmart. The first arriving officer contacted a man just south of Burgermaster that matched the description of the suspect that was reported.

As the officer was contacting the male, the male fled on foot and the officer gave chase. The male began to run across Freeway Drive when the officer deployed his department issued Taser; causing the male to fall to the ground.

The male was struck by a vehicle that was traveling southbound on Freeway Drive and died at the scene. The involved officer is 37 years old, and has served with the Mount Vernon Police Department for 4 years. He has been placed on paid administrative leave while the SMART team investigation continues. SMART team detectives are examining all aspects of this case and are seeking any witnesses that may have information regarding this case. Please call the tip line at 360-426-1950.


fire Arlington Pioneer Place Funko Cassie Franklin Jacob Hilkin Compass Health Building Communities of Hope Boating Everett Metro Plan History Bethany Everett Library Everett Police Department Lowell Startup Habitat for Humanity Nathan Senff Paine Field Cascade Bicycle Club Marysville Pilchuck auction Beer and wine Coastal Community Bank IPO Paine Field Aviation Day ronald mcdonald house Darrington Navy Marysville Fire Department Bayside Bikes Kla Ha Ya Days Lineup Everett Gabe Maggio Legion Park Tim Hunter Kayla Lemmon Olympics Highway 2 Trestle Sky Valley Edmonds Jim Creek Archery Snohomish County PUD Monroe Popcorn in the Park Nascar rodeo Grand Opening Team USA Ellensburg rodeo Silver Lake, Washington Flying Heritage WSDOT Interview Marysville Getchell Monte Cristo Smoke alarms Rotary of Port Gardner Leonard J. Martin racing country music ChildStrive Girls on the Run Snohomish Everett Fire Department JJ Harrison Everett Transit Snohomish Rotary of Port Pardner Ana Perdomo DC Everett Historic Theatre Everett PD Recruitment Stanwood Dagmar's Marina Harry Potter Lynnwood Health Everett News Mount Vernon Everett Community College Everett Jets FC Boeing DUI Show Boating Season Jet City Marysville Legion Arts Everett High School soccer USS Sampson Washington State University Paws With Cause Rucker band Gym community Glacier Peak Carl Gibson Senior Center Maury Eskenazi Batman WW2 Casino Road Initiative Tankfest Elders KRKO Memorial Day Students Ferndale Granite Falls polygraph USS Ralph Johnson Snohomish County News skagit Legion Bluff Broadway Everett Naval Base La Conner Skagit County News Mayor Cassie Franklin Lakewood Rotary of Arlington Marvel wildlife biking Lake Stevens USO Weather