Report: Rock Hill officers use stun gun on Family Dollar shoplifting suspect

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJune 16, 2014 

Jesse Johnson

— A man accused of stealing car care products from a Rock Hill Family Dollar allegedly “squared up” against a police officer, prepared for a fight, before he ran away on Saturday, police said.

Police responded to the Saluda Street store at about 4:15 p.m. when employees called about a man wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap stealing Armor All and other car care products, according to a Rock Hill police report. Officers found the suspect at the intersection of Center and State streets holding a Food Lion shopping bag filled with the stolen items.

The man, identified as Jesse James Johnson, 45, was unable to give police a copy of his receipt, the report states. The officer told Johnson he would be detained while he investigated further, but Johnson pulled away from the policeman. He then “squared up” to the officer “as if he was prepared to fight.” The officer deployed his stun gun, shooting it at Johnson’s torso. The hit was ineffective, the report states, and Johnson began running toward Jefferson Avenue.

The officer chased Johnson onto Jefferson Avenue, finally catching him and placing him in custody. Johnson, who police said was intoxicated, was charged with his fourth shoplifting charge, along with resisting police and public disorderly intoxication.

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