Deputies use taser to stop man from running after being handcuffed for attempted theft

Deputies use taser to stop man from running after being handcuffed for attempted theft
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POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 5:45pm

A handcuffed suspect took off running in the parking lot of the Cortana Place Wal-Mart early this morning. Deputies had to use a taser to stop the man after he refused to stop running.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the incident happened shortly after midnight on Monday, July 8. It all started when an emergency alarm went off near the Garden Center exit. When an employee went to investigate, the door was open with a 55 inch LED TV nearby.

An employee allegedly saw a man walking from the area, but the employee didn’t know if it was the person responsible. At that time a second alarm went off in the store near the stock room located at the back of the building. There was a second LED TV located near that door, too, and the employee said it the same man was seen walking from that area.

The employee followed the suspect out the front exit and alerted the extra-duty deputy who was working at the entrance of the store. The deputy stopped the man in the parking lot as he was attempting to leave.

The suspect, Kirk Anthony Williams, 22, was questioned about the incident. He allegedly told the deputy that he did try to steal the TV’s, but the alarms prevented him from being successful.

The deputy placed Williams into handcuffs, but he allegedly took off running. The arrest report notes that deputies repeatedly instructed for Williams to stop. Eventually, they got close enough to use a taser.

When asked why he ran from deputies Williams said “he ran because he is a three time loser and habitual offender.”

Williams was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for Attempted Felony Theft, Unauthorized Entry of a Business (due to entry into the restricted area of the business), Resisting an Officer, and Simple Escape.
 

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