CARTHAGE, Mo. — A suspected shoplifter met with what was probably an unwelcome surprise when he tried to flee a Missouri Wal-Mart.
Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan and Officer Elias Salinas were ringing bells at the entrance to the store in Carthage for the Salvation Army's annual Christmas drive when they were alerted by a store employee to a suspect’s attempt to leave without paying for an item.
A foot pursuit and struggle ensued during which both officers suffered broken fingers. Two of the police chief’s fingers were broken and he suffered a cut to his knee that required three stitches. Salinas suffered a broken finger and a sprained thumb.
The suspect, Jessie Jones, 31, of Carthage, was taken into custody and charged with second-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer.
Lehr writes for the Joplin (Mo.) Globe.