North Augusta cop hurt in fight with shoplift suspect

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 7:26 AM
Last updated 7:30 AM
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NORTH AUGUSTA -- A Public Safety officer was sent to the hospital this morning after a fight with a shoplifting suspect at Wal-Mart.

North Augusta Public Safety officers were sent to the store on Knox Avenue around 1 a.m. to investigate a complaint about Aaron Looper, 20, of Conifer Court, concealing merchandise, according to police accounts.

Looper dropped two bottles of wine on the floor and struggled with the two officers when they tried to arrest him; one officer was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was treated and released, according to a report.

Looper fled the store, but was caught near a retention pond between Shoppes of North Augusta and Chik-Fil-A, a report states. After another struggle, he was arrested on charges of shoplifting, resisting arrest, public drunkenness, disobeying a lawful order and simple assault.

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Asitisinaug 01/13/12 - 01:09 pm
Fight with the police while

Fight with the police while they are doing their job and you should be in jail no less than 2 years mandatory.

William Blount
William Blount 01/13/12 - 02:52 pm
I really don't see the logic

I really don't see the logic mandating cops to fight anyone. Dentist shield themselves from radiation when patients get x-rayed because frequent exposure is risky. Why should cops be expected to expose themselves to unnecessary risk with every combative criminal? Sooner or later the good guy (cop) will lose...

pommom38 01/13/12 - 04:47 pm
Just glad they got the guy.

Just glad they got the guy. Now keep him there!
Because of one punks stupidity, a cop is at home with a bad concussion.

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