- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PALESTINE, Texas (AP) - Police have fatally shot an East Texas man suspected of stealing beer and pointing a BB gun at officers trying to question him.

Palestine (PAL’-uhs-teen) police say 47-year-old James D. Bushey of Anderson County while shot while outside a restaurant.

Police Chief Mike Alexander says officers Sunday night responded to a theft report at a Wal-Mart and a suspect seen leaving the store. Alexander says officers located the man hiding in the bathroom of a nearby restaurant.

Police say Bushey left the restaurant, struggled with officers and pointed what appeared to be a pistol at them.

Both officers fired. Bushey was declared dead at a Palestine hospital.

Police later determined he had a BB gun and recovered some alleged stolen items.

The officers have been put on administrative leave.

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