- Associated Press - Thursday, October 12, 2017

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi authorities say police fatally shot a man accused of shoplifting after he fled and tried to hit a van driven by an officer.

News outlets quote Biloxi police as saying the man fled in a pickup truck after an officer tried to stop him Wednesday. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove identified the man as 61-year-old Vincent Dronet.

Police Maj. Christopher De Back says an officer tried to use a stun gun, but Dronet drove away, and tried to hit an unmarked van driven by another officer. The officer shot Dronet, who crashed his truck into a forklift parked at a store and died.

DeBack says the officer who shot Dronet is on paid leave. He did not release the officer’s name or race. De Back says Dronet was white.

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