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Police use Taser following Wal-Mart theft

Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:22 PM
Last updated Friday, March 28, 2014 10:34 AM
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Authorities used a Taser on Thursday to stop an Augusta man who attempted to flee from a local Wal-Mart.

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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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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/27/14 - 09:33 pm
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The Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge

The Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road?? Really?? Hard to believe!
I was going to say that I was shocked, but figured people would think I was making a Taser-joke!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/27/14 - 11:11 pm
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Treated? I hope they treated

Treated? I hope they treated him to a butt whipping...or at least thumped his head like a bass drum. My theory is that if you Taser someone twice and they don't stay on the ground it is time to use the other gun. I hate a lowlife scum thief.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 03/28/14 - 04:33 am
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someone needs to check those

someone needs to check those tasers. are they working properly? what country might they have been made in, d'you suppose?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/28/14 - 05:01 am
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Still wondering

When Walmart will close this increasingly problematic store and/or
move it.

Or, is the NEW North Leg Store its replacement?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/28/14 - 05:16 am
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Most likely the Tasers were

Most likely the Tasers were set at a low level, enough to stun someone but not stop them. With all the noise we hear about officer's using their Tasers, it's no wonder. Better to stun someone and he get away, than to stop someone and have them sue or you loose your job.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/28/14 - 07:14 am
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If he was on drugs,

If he was on drugs, especially PCP, he wouldn't have felt a thing. Or if he was psychotic.

And since it took multiple times, my guess is that he was on drugs.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/28/14 - 07:32 am
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Still Behind

Okay, I'll give RCSO credit for 4 tases, but they are still way behind GRU with that officer who tased 24 people in a few months and shot one with real bullets because he was running from a college party with loud music and STILL works there.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/28/14 - 08:02 am
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Time for glasses

Bleary eyed first glance thought it said, "Police taste suspect". Maybe I'm just not awake enough yet, but then, this is Augusta.

curly123053
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curly123053 03/28/14 - 08:03 am
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Under The Influence Maybe?

When I worked EMS subjects who were under the influence of drugs did not appear to be effected very much by tasers. Some would slow down momentarily and some would act like they never felt it. EMS almost always got the call to evaluate those subjects it seems.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/28/14 - 09:36 am
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I'm just glad I wasn't there

I'm just glad I wasn't there when it happened. A friend of mine was working there at the time. He was quite happy the guy was apprehended.

toldyaso
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toldyaso 03/28/14 - 10:06 am
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Their phasers

Their phasers were set to stun for humanitarian reasons------right.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 03/28/14 - 10:09 am
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Doesn't say what time this

Doesn't say what time this happened. I've never felt unsafe at this particular location as long as it was daylight. In fact, stopped there quite frequently when I worked at Fort Gordon as I always used Gate 5 to come and go since it was a much shorter wait. You wouldn't catch me there after dark, though. If an officer was there and ready right when this happened, then I would assume it was after dark. Never know down there, though.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/28/14 - 10:34 am
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I watched a Cops episode just

I watched a Cops episode just yesterday where they used a contact taser on this guy 4 or 5 times before getting him cuffed. He appeared drunk or otherwise impaired; was already lying on the ground hiding, and they finally put the dog on his leg to help the two officers wrestling to get him cuffed. Skinny little dude too.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/28/14 - 10:38 am
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Feel unsafe?

Me either bdouglas. The environment is just uninviting with trash all over the place, shopping carts scattered all over the parking lot etc. With carts just left where they were unloaded, it speaks volumes about the lazy class of people you will be shopping amongst. I don't care to be around them.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/28/14 - 10:55 am
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Taser Martin! LOL!

They needed GRU officer Martin! Oh, I guess not, he tases himself!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/28/14 - 11:02 am
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When I'm in that parking lot

When I'm in that parking lot I get a sore neck from trying to watch to my sides and back. Never thought about being run down by the shoplifters bolting out the door.

I'd be curious to see a comparison of losses due to shoplifting between that Walmart and the other Walmarts in the area.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 03/28/14 - 12:33 pm
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TASERS
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Put down the tasers and go back to beating them with billy clubs. The clubs worked much better and you get the attention of the perp right away.

happychimer
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happychimer 03/28/14 - 03:39 pm
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I have never felt unsafe at

I have never felt unsafe at the Deans Bridge Road Walmart, but I don't shop at Walmart very often. I will check out the Wrightsboro Road Walmart because it is closer.

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gargoyle 03/28/14 - 06:55 pm
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Got a gift card back in the

Got a gift card back in the 90's at that location for body slamming a shoplifter store security chased out the garden dept., he was young big and fast but didn't plan on running into someone who took offence to thieving. Bet they wouldn't even thank or care if a shopper helped them out now. Might even ban you from the store.

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