Police use Taser following Wal-Mart theft

Authorities used a Taser on Thursday to stop an Augusta man who attempted to flee from a local Wal-Mart.

Phillip Douglas Henley, 27, was charged with theft by shoplifting and obstruction to law enforcement, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s report.

Henley was seen not paying for items at the Wal-Mart at 3209 Deans Bridge Road, the report said.

When the suspect tried to leave, a deputy deployed his Taser two times, causing Henley to fall to the ground each time. The suspect broke one of the wires and tried to run, according to the report.

A second deputy arrived and deployed his Taser two times, but the suspect refused to stop, the report said.

The two deputies then wrestled with Henley before a third deputy arrived and the suspect was finally handcuffed, the report said.

Henley was treated and released from GRU hospital.


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