Fleeing shoplifting suspect drowns in Wash.

Fleeing shoplifting suspect drowns in Wash.

Fleeing shoplifting suspect drowns in Wash.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 23, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 9:57 AM

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- A shoplifting suspect fleeing a Wal-Mart security guard jumped in a canal at Sunnyside and drowned.

Police Cmdr. Scott Bailey says the loss prevention officer jumped into the water trying to save the man Wednesday but he was swept away in the current. The security guard was able to climb out and call for help.

KIMA reports the Yakima County coroner is still trying to identify the drowning victim. He's a white man in his 30s, about 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds. He has tattoos of the name "Mary" and a burning skull on his arms.

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