PD: Officer chases Walmart shoplifter before arresting him, girlfriend

PHOENIX - Police say an officer had to run after a shoplifter Sunday evening at a Walmart in Phoenix before arresting him and his girlfriend.

The Phoenix police officer responded to a call regarding a shoplifter at the Walmart near Bethany Home Road and 15th Avenue, said Sgt. Steve Martos.

The officer was about to handcuff the suspect in a security office when the suspect ran out, according to Martos.

As the officer tried to get out of the office, the suspect reportedly slammed the door on the officer's arm and shoulder.

Martos said the suspect ran into a woman, who is a few months pregnant, and knocked her to the ground.

The officer continued to chase the suspect into the parking lot where a citizen intervened and got into a physical fight with the suspect, according to Martos. This gave the officer time to arrive and stop the suspect with a stun gun.

The suspect was taken into custody.

Martos said the suspect's girlfriend was at the store at the time and saw her boyfriend get arrested, which prompted her to also try to shoplift. 

She was then taken into custody as well, according to Martos.

The officer and pregnant woman were both taken to local hospitals for evaluation. Martos said the injuries are not life-threatening.

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