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Officer who shot shoplifter identified

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis Police Officer Leon Dickson has been identified as the policeman who shot an alleged shoplifter March 27 in a Raleigh Walmart parking lot.

Officer Dickson has been relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Kelsey Golden says the man who allegedly shoplifted from the store, is her father, 42-year-old George Golden.

Police have yet to publicly identify the shoplifting suspect.

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Kelsey said her father was shot in the chest. She blames the officers involved who didn't quickly rush him to the hospital. His only daughter wants answers into possible police misconduct.

"Suspended without pay simply because I'm sure ... that's not something you're supposed to do," she said. "If he was already shot, why would you do that?"

Bystander cellphone video captured in the parking lot of the Walmart in Raleigh appears to show an officer stomp, then kick a man on the ground twice. The suspect can be heard pleading for his life.

While no weapon was found on George Golden, Police Director Toney Armstrong said the officer likely opened fire because he felt threatened.

Kelsey Golden said doctors at The MED, where her father remains in critical condition, told her that her father is partially brain dead due to lack of oxygen.

After police officers placed her father in custody, the found several DVDs in his pants and jacket. The DVDs had a value of $215 the affidavit said.

According to an affidavit, Golden faces theft of property of $500 or less, evading arrest, resisting official detention, and assault. Court records show George Golden has been found guilty of similar charges in the past.

He was due in court April 1.

The incident remains under investigation.

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