Washington Dispensary Worker Fatally Shot During Robbery

Washington Dispensary Worker Fatally Shot During Robbery

<![CDATA[As more than 20 chief executives from top cannabis companies spent last week in Washington, D.C., urging U.S. lawmakers to pass the SAFE Banking Act, the inaction of those lawmakers was felt on the other side of the country. A male worker at the World of Weed dispensary in Tacoma, Wash., was fatally shot during an attempted robbery just after 10 p.m. March 19, according to multiple local news sources. Police officers attempted to save the worker’s life, but he died on scene from a gunshot wound, according NBC-affiliate King 5 News and CBS-affiliate KIRO 7 News. That was the third fatal incident involving a dispensary robbery in less than a week in the western part of the state, King 5 reported. On March 16, two suspects robbed a Green Theory dispensary at gunpoint in a suburban neighborhood of Bellevue, Wash., and fled the scene with cash and products as a third suspect drove a getaway vehicle. Police chased the suspects through Renton and into South Seattle, where they took two people into custody, but the third person ran and hid in the shed of a nearby home, Fox 13 Seattle reported. A Seattle SWAT officer gave a verbal warning for the third suspect, a 19-year-old, to show his hands, but that suspect fired at officers, who returned fire, the news outlet reported. The suspect was hit and died at the scene. “Any decision to pursue a suspect is highly scrutinized, and we balance the threat posed by the suspects with the risk the pursuit poses to the community,” Bellevue Police Chief Wendell Shirley told Fox 13. “In this case, these suspects were armed and extremely dangerous, and we needed to get them into custody to prevent further harm.” And then on March 17, an armed employee of at the…

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