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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Two stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store were not armed with guns when they were shot Thursday by a police officer who confronted them in Washington state's capital city, authorities said.
The officer reported he was being assaulted with a skateboard early Thursday before the shooting in Olympia that left a 21-year-old man critically injured and a 24-year-old man in stable condition. Both were expected to survive.
The shooting, which is being investigated by a team of detectives from several agencies, prompted some protests.
"We are committed to helping our community work through this difficult circumstance and help us understand this tragic event," Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts said at news conference.
Brad Watkins, chief deputy of the Thurston County Sheriff's Department, said two skateboards were recovered from the shooting scene and an investigation will likely take three to six weeks.
Officer Ryan Donald was among those who responded around 1 a.m. to a call from a Safeway store, Roberts said. Employees said two men tried to steal beer and then threw the alcohol at workers who confronted the pair.
Officers split up to search for the men. Donald encountered two men with skateboards who fit witnesses' descriptions, and moments later, he radioed in that shots had been fired, the police chief said.
In radio calls released by police, Donald calls dispatchers once he spots the men, and again to report that he fired shots.

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Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts, center, speaks to the media about a police-involved shooting as City Mayor Stephen H. Buxbaum, right,and City Manager Steve Hall, left, look on, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Olympia, Wash.

"I believe one of them is hit, both of them are running," Donald said.
He tells dispatchers that one of the men "assaulted me with his skateboard."
"I tried to grab his friend," Donald said. "They're very aggressive, just so you know."
He says he has one man, then both, at gunpoint and asks for help.
Seconds later, he shouts, "Shots fired! One down," and asks for more backup units. He then says the second man has been shot.
The police chief said Donald wasn't injured but an officer "has the right to defend himself" if a suspect wields an object that could be used as a deadly weapon.

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City Mayor Stephen H. Buxbaum, right, speaks to the media about a police-involved shooting as City Manager Steve Hall, left, looks on, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Olympia, Wash.

The two men were identified as Andre Thompson, 24, and Bryson Chaplin, 21, both of Olympia.
They are black, and Donald is white, but Roberts said, "There's no indication to me that race was a factor in this case at all."
The shooting follows a string of high-profile killings of unarmed black men by police, including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City, which set off weeks of protests and a national "Black Lives Matter" movement that has gained momentum across the country.
Donald, 35, who is on administrative leave pending the investigation, has been with the department for just over three years. No residents have filed complaints against him, and he was recently recognized by the agency for being proactive on investigations, Roberts said. He worked previously as an Army police officer, the chief said.

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Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts gives a preliminary report on an officer-involved shooting, as Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum, right, and City Manager Steve Hall listen on Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Olympia, Wash.

Olympia Mayor Stephen H. Buxbaum called for calm in the community.
"It deeply saddens me that we have two young people in the hospital as a result of an altercation with an officer of the law," he said. "Let's come together to support their needs, the officer's needs, the needs of the families and our community's needs. Let's not be reactive."
Merritt Long, a retired chairman of the state's liquor control board, was one of several residents to attend the news conference Thursday.
"Does the punishment fit the crime?" he asked afterward. "Given the seeming epidemic of this happening not only here but in our country, it makes you pause and wonder what's going on."

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I purposely removed "white" and "Black" from the article subject because I don't believe that's relevant with the news as all the media intended to use these days! I pray there's no Riots or aftermath due to this incident which could make local businesses and residents suffer.
 

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there seems to be a total disregard for police officers. eventually they will just stop arresting people and not be bothered with this bs.

if you are attacked by a man with a skateboard and you are a cop what are you suppose to do.

they may be physically stronger than you or you may be outnumbered. what if they get your gun and go on a shooting rampage.

i feel for cops nothing they do now is right.
 

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"Does the punishment fit the crime?" he asked afterward. "Given the seeming epidemic of this happening not only here but in our country, it makes you pause and wonder what's going on."

I guess it boils down to this......break the law, commit robbery, resist arrest, threaten police chances are your dumb Butt is going to get shot.
 

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"Does the punishment fit the crime?" he asked afterward. "Given the seeming epidemic of this happening not only here but in our country, it makes you pause and wonder what's going on."

I guess it boils down to this......break the law, commit robbery, resist arrest, threaten police chances are your dumb Butt is going to get shot.
as it should
 

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I guess if 2 white police officers beat an innocent black man with a skateboard, the cops would be innocent victims?

All this "unarmed" propoganda is outrageous. The cop was being assaulted by criminals. Guess what happens to an armed person, who does not use his weapon when violently assaulted? His weapon is take from him by the thugs and he is murdered with it.
 

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BTW, what a Bulldirt title for a headline by this POS race baiting reporter.
The officer didn't shoot the poor unarmed black men, (Oh my, more young black criminals) for stealing beer
He shot them in self defense.

How about we give her an airsoft pistol and let me beat her with a skateboard until she shoots me.
If it's not a big deal, I guess she won't have to.
 

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One well struck blow with a skateboard, fractured skull, subdural hemotomia, bleeding into brain, swelling, coma, death.
 

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I have no tolerance for those assaulting civilians or cops.

I also have no tolerance for stealing beer!!

They got what they deserved.
 
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Assault with a deadly weapon plain and simple. The weapon does not have to be a gun. A skateboard across the head will kill just as quickly as a gun.

And besides, isn't stealing beer a capital offense? I'm sure there are many who would argue so, lol.
 

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in my opinion, if lay your hand on a cop or make a cop feel threatened you deserve anything that follows

if they just complied, they would have received community service if they were lucky and would have learned their lesson
that one part can get a bit murky but I'm onboard with the rest of the comment.
 
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