KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knoxville Police Department has released the name of a man accused of trying to shoplift a microwave from the Walmart on Chapman Highway then tasering an officer.
Ricky Womack, 36, of Knoxville, has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault on an Officer, two counts of Resisting Arrest, two counts of Simple Assault, theft of the taser, fleeing, and numerous driving related charges
KPD said Womack tasered Officer Adam Barnett while the officer tried to stop him from fleeing. Officer Barnett is still being treated for his injuries. He has been with KPD since July 2011.
A Knoxville Police Officer was tasered Friday after chasing a shoplifting suspect from the Walmart on Chapman Highway.
Officers responded to a theft in progress at the business around 1:00p.m. Police say the suspect had stolen a microwave and was trying to leave the store with a box cutter.
Employees tried to stop the suspect. A KPD officer was able to get the suspect into an office where he began arguing with the officer.
According to KPD, when the officer reached for his handcuffs the suspect said he “wasn’t going back to jail” and began fighting with the officer. The officer then tasered the suspect, but that did not affect him. He then grabbed the officer's taser and took off.
Another officer tried to grab the suspect from a car. Detectives say the suspect then hit the gas and tasered the officer. Police say he also tried to run over another officer.
The suspect's car was later stopped on Hill Avenue and taken to into custody.
Three other people in the car were questioned and released.
The suspect will be charged with multiple offenses at the conclusion of the interview.
The officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a leg injury.