Police: Inmate asks the police to kill him in enclosed US mall

COLUMBIA, S. C. – Authorities say a convicted killer who barricaded themselves in an elevator in a closed shopping center in South Carolina told the police that he wanted them to shoot him.

Deputies said the 36-year-old James Parrish Jr. shot through the windows Sunday evening in a closed shop at the Columbia Place Mall and waited for the agents in an elevator.

A police report obtained by The State newspaper ( ) says Parrish told Richland County deputies he wanted to die as a man and planned to shoot officers.

The authorities say he pointed a gun at the deputies as they stormed to the elevator five hours later and he was shot with a stun gun and taken into custody.

Court records show Parrish was convicted for the second degree murder in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 2005 and served 10 years in prison.

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