10/04/2014 09:37 am ET Updated Oct 04, 2014

Woman Killed Trying To Stop Shoplifter

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) — The co-owner of a convenience store in the northwest Washington was fatally injured and her nephew was hurt after they chased a shoplifter out to a waiting vehicle.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports ( ) that police Chief Lin Tucker said Friday that the male shoplifter grabbed beer Thursday night at the James Market in the town of Sedro-Woolley and was pursued outside by the woman and man from the store.

The chief says a fleeing SUV hit them both and dragged the woman. Three other people — two men and a woman — were waiting in the vehicle. There was no word of any arrests.

She was pronounced dead at a hospital. Sgt. David Pierce says her nephew suffered minor injuries.

The store was closed Friday but a steady stream of customers dropped by, some leaving flowers and cards.


Information from: Skagit Valley Herald,