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Investigators: Deputy knocked unconscious as shoplifter flees

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Marcus Osbey (right) is walked out of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office after his arrest. (Feb. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina) Marcus Osbey (right) is walked out of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office after his arrest. (Feb. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Spartanburg County deputies at the Boiling Springs Walmart after a deputy was attacked. (Feb. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina) Spartanburg County deputies at the Boiling Springs Walmart after a deputy was attacked. (Feb. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina)
BOILING SPRINGS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Inman man was arrested Friday afternoon after investigators said he knocked a deputy unconscious while trying to flee a Walmart store in Boiling Springs.

Lt. Tony Ivey, spokesman for the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, said that about noon a deputy was called to the store to arrest a man accused of shoplifting, identified as 32-year-old Marcus Osbey. He said that when the deputy tried to arrest Osbey, he attacked the deputy, knocking him to the ground. He said that when the deputy fell, he hit his head, knocking him unconscious.

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Ivey said the vehicle Osbey used to flee was spotted about three miles away in a driveway near the intersection of Fourth Street and Valley Falls Road. He said Osbey then jumped out of the vehicle and ran from officers. He said Osbey was arrested after a brief foot chase.

Ivey said that Osbey, who was trying to steal bleach and dish soap, said he fled authorities because he had outstanding warrants for his arrest in Inman.

Osbey was charged with strong-arm robbery and resisting arrest with assault and third-degree assault and battery. He was also charged with the two Inman warrants - possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under suspension.

Osbey was being held at the county jail on $32,000 bond.

The deputy was taken to a local hospital for treatment, and he will be kept overnight for observation, Ivey said. He said Osbey also assaulted a Walmart employee, but the employee was not injured.

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