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Man killed by Kelso police officer during assault identified

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Inverstigators have identified the man killed by a Kelso police officer at a store Wednesday morning as Omer I. Ali, 27. (KPTV) Inverstigators have identified the man killed by a Kelso police officer at a store Wednesday morning as Omer I. Ali, 27. (KPTV)
Security footage from the Flying K store in Kelso shows Omer Ali using a 4-foot-long staff to attack a clerk and customer, seconds before turning to attack a police officer. (Cowlitz Co. Sheriff’s Office) Security footage from the Flying K store in Kelso shows Omer Ali using a 4-foot-long staff to attack a clerk and customer, seconds before turning to attack a police officer. (Cowlitz Co. Sheriff’s Office)
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The man who police say was attacking a store clerk and customer when he was shot and killed by a Kelso police officer has been identified.

According to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, Omer I. Ali, 27, had been reported to or contacted by law enforcement several times in the days leading up to his death on Wednesday.

Last Saturday Ali was reported to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office after people said he was unwanted and intoxicated at the Swift campground, though he was gone before deputies arrived.

Later that day he was contacted by Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputies in Cougar and arrested for driving with a suspended license. The car he was driving was impounded and later it was discovered to have been stolen from Whatcom County.

After being released from the Cowlitz County jail Monday, authorities received reports that he was trespassing.

Just after midnight, Wednesday Ali spoke with the duty sergeant at the jail, then headed north toward the Flying K convenience store. Store staff and Kelso police were able to get him to leave the store, and the police seized a flat board from Ali.

After talking to jail staff and Longview police outside the jail again around 2:00 a.m., a Kelso police officer contacted Ali outside a home on the 200 block of North 4th Avenue about complaints of him being in the yard and looking through windows.

Ali returned to the Flying K store at 8:01 a.m. Clerks told him to leave after they said he made attempts to shoplift. The clerks said Ali made threats to them and then walked away headed west.

Kelso police officer John Johnston arrived to review the security footage of the incident in the store’s office. Ali returned at 8:15 a.m. and began to hit a clerk and a customer with a wooden staff, then turning it on Johnston before the officer shot Ali.

Investigators said Ali had immigrated to the United States from Sudan as a refugee in 2013, living in Spokane. They added that he had two misdemeanor warrants for his arrest, but neither were extraditable.

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