Officer tases wanted man after foot chase through Walmart

Ernest Robbins (Source: SCSO)

Spartanburg police said a taser was used to subdue a man who led them on a foot chase through the Dorman Centre Walmart.

The incident happened late Monday night.

Police said they were called to the Walmart by store security who noticed a man with multiple shoplifting warrants was in the building.

An officer arrived with the arrest warrants and found Ernest Robbins in the store’s toy department, according to an incident report.

The officer said he approached Robbins and notified him that he was under arrest for multiple outstanding warrants. The report states Robbins then asked the officer if the officer knew who he was. Robbins then began pulling away and the officer said the suspect began running through the store.

The officer gave chase and warned Robbins that he would tase him.

The first attempt was unsuccessful but the officer said a second attempt to tase Robbins in the store’s garden center.

Robbins fell to the ground and the officer was able to handcuff him. While walking back to the patrol car, the officer said Robbins “fell out” and claimed he could not walk. EMS was called to take the suspect to the hospital.

According to online jail records, Robbins was arrested on three counts of shoplifting.

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