WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – Wilmington police say a burglary suspect was shot and killed by an officer in a vacant store.

Police say an officer on patrol spotted someone entering the store late Saturday night and followed the suspect inside. Master Sgt. Paul E. Reutter says the suspect didn’t heed commands by the unidentified officer and fled into a basement, where he attacked the officer.

Reutter said the officer shot the suspect after non-lethal attempts to stop the assault were unsuccessful.

The suspect also has not been identified. Police say they are investigating the incident as well as the state Attorney General’s office.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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