Shoplifting suspect nearly runs over Richland K-9 officer - - Jackson, MS

Shoplifting suspect nearly runs over Richland K-9 officer

RICHLAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A shoplifting suspect nearly runs over a Richland K-9 officer and barrels through a crowded parking lot.

Police say two suspects had just left a retail store in Richland Friday and were walking back to their vehicle when the K-9 officer made contact with the thieves.

One man had already gotten into the passenger side of the vehicle.

As both officers approached the car, that suspect then moved to the driver's seat and took off suddenly, with the open passenger door hitting the officer.

The vehicle came dangerously close to hitting the K-9 officer as well.

Investigators chased the man for a short time on Highway 49.

The other thief, left behind in the parking lot, was also taken into custody.

Both have been transported to the Rankin County Jail where they await a preliminary hearing. Their names have not been released.

The officers in that surveillance video were not injured.

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