Richland Police chase suspect into Jackson - - Jackson, MS

Richland Police chase suspect into Jackson

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RICHLAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Richland Police chased a shoplifter into the city of Jackson Friday The chase ends in a crash on John R. Lynch Street frustrating residents in the Washington Addition neighborhood.

"They did the chasing like 30, 40 minutes through the neighborhood with plenty of people out. That's just ridiculous," said Sherrye Horner.

"They had been chasing him for 45 minutes," added Erica Lewis. "He went down four or five streets for 45 minutes. I'm talking about literally just speeding down the street. To me I feel like that was very dangerous."

Three on Your Side showed exclusive video of Richland Police chasing 48 year old Craig Shult through Washington Addition. Richland Police Chief Russel James said Shult was shoplifting at Walmart then assaulted a loss prevention officer. After Shult fled from officers, the chase began.

"So, we made the decision to continue that pursuit based on an aggravated assault," said Chief James. "I want to make that clear, aggravated assault, not a misdemeanor. I know what's going to happen, I know what's going to be put out there. This was a felony we were pursuing for."

Jackson Police were notified, but did not participate.

"I know for a fact that there is more than one way to capture a shoplifter besides chasing them at high rates of speed through two or three jurisdictions into the City of Jackson," said Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance.

Hinds County did assist.  Richland. Shult was eventually boxed in where he crashed into a police car. He was taken to a local hospital by AMR.

"If it weren't against the law, we wouldn't pursue," added Chief James. "It's not against the law. We are trying our best to up hold the law. I'm sick and tired of people stealing from our city, assaulting our police officers and the people who work in this city, peacefully work in this city. I'm tired of it. We are going to do everything we can to protect them."

The man does have outstanding warrants in the state of Illinois for felony shoplifting. Right now he is charged with aggravated assault, felony fleeing and simple assault. The chief said more charges could be coming.

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