Suspect shot dead after stealing police car and killing officer

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An Alabama robbery suspect fatally stabbed a police officer in jail, escaped in a stolen patrol car and wounded another officer before he was killed, authorities said Friday.

CNN reports that Lawrence Wallace Jr., 24, approached the counter of a store with lighting fluid and a lighter and demanded money, said Ashley Rains, a Mobile Police spokeswoman. As the cashier tried to open the register, Wallace jumped on the counter and sprayed lighter fluid on the floor.

After being taken to Mobile's metro jail, Wallace managed to stab and kill Officer Steven Green and escape in a patrol car, police said.

Wallace eventually abandoned the car and hid under a home. He was shot and killed a short while later following a standoff.

The funeral for Steven Green will be held on Wednesday. Green served as a Mobile police officer since May 2010. The 36-year-old officer had a wife and three children.

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