Man shot with stun gun during Walmart shoplifting attempt



An Augusta man was repeatedly shot with a stun gun Sunday morning during a shoplifting attempt at a south Augusta Walmart.

According to an incident report, a deputy working special duty at the Deans Bridge Road store stopped Wallace Hamilton Johnson, 19, around 1 a.m. after anti-theft sensors activated as he left the store.

Police said Johnson denied having any merchandise and voluntarily pulled out his pockets. The deputy then noticed a large, square bulge near Johnson’s ankles and discovered a 32-GB memory card tucked into his pants.

The deputy told Johnson he was under arrest and was trying to handcuff him when Johnson tried to flee and ignored commands to stop. The deputy took Johnson to the floor.

A Georgia State trooper who was in the store and heard the commotion ran to the scene and warned Johnson he would use a stun gun if he continued to resist.

After the trooper used the stun gun, the report said, Johnson got up and ran outside before falling onto a Toyota Corolla, causing a dent and scratches to a fender.

The officer and trooper chased Johnson into the parking lot where the trooper had to use the stun gun “several times for him to be handcuffed.”

Johnson was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of theft by shoplifting and obstruction of an officer.



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